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VOL- 30 JANUARY, 1983 NO. 1 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:77 


I look not back — God knows the fruitless efforts, 
The wasted hours, the sinning and regrets; 
I leave them all with Him who blots the record, 
And graciously forgives, and then forgets, 

I look not forward — God sees all the future, 
The road that, short or long, will lead me home; 
And He will face with me its every trial, 
And bear for me the burden that may come, 

I look not around me — then would fears assail me, 
So wild that tumult of life f s restless sea; 
So dark the world, so filled with war and evil, 
So vain the hope of comfort and of ease. 

I look not inward — that would make me wretched 
For I have nought on which to stay my trust. 
Nothing I see but failures and shortcomings, 
And weak endeavors crumbling into dust. 

But I look up — up into the face of Jesus I 
For there my heart can rest, my fears be stilled; 
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness, 
And perfect peace, and every hope fulfilled. 

Author unknown 

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"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, 
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and 
a thousand years as one day- 

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as 
some men count slackness; but is longsuf fering to us- 
ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all 
should come to repentance. 

"But the day of the Lord will come. . ." (II Peter 

Here is vital information for us as we see another 
year open and untouched before us. Peter speaks of 
the "day of the Lord," of His longsuf fering, and of 
His concern for His creation. Peter uses vivid words 
in this chapter to describe the attitude and ignorance 
of the scoffers who doubt that the Lord will ever come, 
or that things will ever change. "Where is the prom- 
ise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, 
all things continue as they were from the beginning of 
the creation." 

Jesus had promised His disciples He would come a- 
gain. The angel at His ascension had also said, 
"„ . . this same Jesus, which is taken up from you in- 
to heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have 
seen him, go into heaven." (Acts 1:11) Jesus 1 disci- 
ples may have expected Him to return in their own life- 
times. Jesus had told them that no one would knox* 
exactly when this would be. But by faith they be- 
lieved Hfe would come, and so can we. 

It is a natural tendency for us to believe that 
things wkll always continue the same. Unless our ex- 
perience's have prepared us for change, we naturally 
expect the days and years to follow in an orderly 
course. \ We know there will be gradual changes, but we 
are not prepared for drastic upheavals like war and 
natural ,disasters. And certainly we do not expect the 


complete changes spoken of by Peter in this chapter 
unless we by faith believe the word as it is given* 

With this same limitation, archaeologists and an- 
thropologists study the evidence around them and de- 
cide about times according to the present rate of de- 
velopment. If they could, like some scientist be- 
lievers, believe the record of creation and the flood, 
their conclusions might be different. 

Peter says, ".Be not ignorant of this one thing, 
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and 
a thousand years as one day," The original seems to 
say, "Let not this one thing be hidden from you. 1 * The 
apostle wants us to understand that time is different 
to God* If we could understand eternity, we could 
probably understand better God's view of time. It 
doesn't drag and it doesn't fly too fast for Him like 
it does for us. His delay in coming, even though it '*be 
nearly 2000 years now,is not evidence of slackness in 
God as it might be in man* It is actually longsuffer- 
ing. He doesn't want any to perish and He is giving 
much time to allow us and others to make peace with 
Him — to repent and believe on Jesus. 

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in 
the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away ' 
with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with 
fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are 
therein shall be burned up," May 1983 be a year of 
preparation for each of us, May we know that the time 
is short--that now., while Jesus tarries, is time to 
call our friends and loved ones and any who will hear 
to repent and believe the Gospel, "Wherefore, beloved, 
seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that 
ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and 
blameless." (verse 14) --L,C. 

Come to the Saviour now, He gently calleth thee; 
In true repentance bow, Before Him bend the knee; 
He waiteth to bestow Salvation, peace, and love, 
True joy on earth below, A home in heaven above. 

John M. Wigner (1871) 



The thought of getting along together has pressed 
upon me many times, and as I think upon this impor- 
tant subject I feel unworthy to write, realizing all 
my failures and shortcomings . But by the grace of 
God, let us all open up our hearts to the will and 
word of the Lord. 

As we consider the love, longsuf fering, mercy, and 
forgiveness of our Lord, it should melt our hearts, 
especially if we have become His children and tasted 
that the Lord is gracious. To pattern our lives af- 
ter this beautiful example should be our goal. 

One of the great teachings of the Bible is the new 
commandment that Jesus gave, V. . . That ye love one 
another; as I have loved you/ that ye also love one 
another. By this shall all men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye have love one to another. 11 (John 13; 
34 9 35) 

But what a tragedy it is when men who profess to 
know Christ can't get along! And how it hurts the 
Chr istian witness, the Lord so much taught! Being 
born again and becoming a new creation in Christ and 
being filled with the Spirit surely must be the only 
solution. The manifestation or fruit of the Spirit 
as found in Galatians 5:22,23 is this: 

Love--af faction, benevolence, charity, strong per- 
sonal attachment; 

Joy--cheerfulne^s, calm delight, gladness; 

Peace —quietness, rest; 

Longsuf fering - -enduring patiently, to bear; 

Gent l<eness --exce Hence in character, softness of 
manner , fcindne s s ; 

Goodness-- virtue' or excellence or beneficence; 

Faith - -persuasion, conviction, assurance, belief; 

Meekness -- gentleness, humility, patience, long- 
suf fering; 

Temperance -- self control, calmness. 

"And they that are Christ 1 s have crucified the 
flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in 
the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 



Selfishness and pride are probably the main factors 
that cause problems. If we would forget more about 
what we think we deserve or what we want for ourselves 
and think more about how we could help someone else 
or how we could give of ourselves for the cause of 
Christ, we could live a much more fulfilled life, 

I read an article awhile back on marriage which 
really impressed me* The thought was from Ephesians 
5 which gives a comparison between husbands and wives 
and Christ and the church* The thought portrayed was 
that Christ gave His all— 100%, not 50%— and the hus- 
band should love his wife "even as Christ also loved 
the church, and gave himself for it." (Ephesians 5:25) 
Then "as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the 
wives be to their own husbands in every thing." (Eph. 
5:24) The article went on to say how beautiful God 
intended for marriage to be if both husband and wife 
would give their all for each other the way God has 
designed. But the world is in a mess and will con- 
tinue to get worse because mankind fails to yield to 
the source of truth. "And because iniquity shall a- 
bound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24: 

The thinking of the world and carnal man is to do 
how you feel — to live it up— to satisfy the carnal 
appetite. But our blessed Lord and Saviour showed by 
His life and teachings quite a reverse. He said, "My 
meat is to do the will of my Father." If anyone de- 
served the riches and luxuries of this world, Jesus 
did, but His life was an example of self-denial. 
When He died on the cross for you and me, do we think 
He enjoyed it? NoJ He gave of Himself; He suffered 
much for us. 

If there are' differences of understanding about 
God's will, we need to be patient and try to under- 
stand each other. Our love needs to grow, not dimin- 
ish. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers and 
the merciful." (Matthew 5:7,9) "Let nothing be done 
through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind 


let each esteem other better than themselveso Look 
not every man on his own things, but every man also on 
the things of others* (Philippians 2:3,4) "A soft 
answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up 
anger." (Proverbs 15:1 ) 

Among carnal man the thought of correction is 
grievous* But "Great peace have they which love thy 
law; and nothing shall offend them*" (Psalm 119:165) 
"For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, 
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be 
reproved. But lie that doeth truth cometh to the light, 
that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are 
wrought in God." (John 3:20,21) 

Consider how God loved the human race and sent 
pro; i~cts in the olden times, then His Son, then the 
apostles and church, to carry His message of love 
that men might be saved. But to the largest extent, 
mankind loves darkness rather than light, and the 
faithful have suffered for the sake of truth. How 
important obedience is to our Maker, for if "the 
light that is in (us) be darkness, how great is that 
darkness!" (Matthew 6:23) We bring shame to our 
Saviour and cast a stumbling block to our fellow man 
when we disobey Him. 

In conclusion we offer this poem, written by 
Strickland W, Qillilan, which portrays taking heed to 

Just stand aside, and watch yourself go by; 
Think of yourself as "he" instead of "I"; 
Pick flaws, find fault, forget the man is you, 
And strive to make your estimate ring true. 
The faults of others then will dwarf and shrink; 
Love's chain grow stronger by one mighty link 
When you as "be", as substitute for "I", 
Have scood aside and watched yourself go by. 

In Christian love, 

Kenneth Garber 
Hughson, California 



"Disappointment— His appointment ; u 
Change one letter, then I see 
That the thwarting of my purpose 
Is God's better choice for me. 
His appointment must be blessing, 
Though it may come in disguise, 
For the end from the beginning 
Open to His wisdom lies, 

"Disappointment — His appointment * n 
Whose? The Lord, Who loves me best, 
Understands and knows me fully, 
Who my faith and love would test; 
For, like loving earthly parent, 
He rejoices when He knows 
That His child accepts, unquestioned, 
All that from His wisdom flows, 

"Disappointment— His appointment; " 
"No good thing will He withhold," 
From denials oft we gather 
Treasures of His love untold. 
Well He knows each broken purpose 
Leads to fuller, deeper trust; 
And the end of all His dealings 
Proves our God is wise and just. 

"Disappointment— His appointment *» 
Lord, I take it, then, as such, 
Like the clay in hands of potter 
Yielding wholly to Thy touch. 
All my life's plan is Thy. moulding, 
Not one single choice be mine, 
Let me answer, unrepining— 
"Father, not my will, but Thine." 

By Edith Lillian Young 

"In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the 
day of adversity consider: God also has set the one 
over against the other, to the end that man should 


find nothing after him." (Ecclesiastes 7:14) God 
gives prosperity, and God gives adversity so that 
everyone should realize nothing is certain in this 
life* God will be with us through all if we can put 
our trust in Him that we might have a lively hope 
through Jesus . 

The children of Israel were promised prosperity if 
they would obey* They were promised the land of 
Canaan, a nation of their own, but through their dis- 
obedience to the laws Moses gave them they were driven 
from that nation and scattered among all nations, los- 
ing their prosperity* 

Then Jesus, God* s Son, was born of the line of 
Judah to redeem man, but Israel, His own, rejected 
Him. He suffered ad^/ersity while here in the world 
even though He was sinless » Neither are we free from 
adversity. Through faith and hope we can rise above 
adversi ty« 

Adversity can help bring out in us right thinking 
and right actions ■ Adversity can be an instructor 
over us set by Hkn Who knows us better than we know 
ourselves* He loves all of us and strengthens us 
through the Holy Spirit Whom He sent to guide be- 

The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue 
of adversity is fortitude (patient endurance)* Pros- 
perity was a blessing of the Old Covenant; adversity 
is a blessing of the New Covenant. Adversity under 
the New Covenant carries a greater blessing and a 
clearer revelation of God's favor than prosperity 
carried under the Old Covenant, Prosperity is not 
without many fears and distastes; adversity is not 
without dom£ ort and hope. 

Our prayer is that each one of us might increase 
our capacity ;for greater humility to think upon God's 
power &nd rely on His mercy in the adversities of 
life £>n our jburney to receive the prize of the high 
calling in Christ Jesus and run with patience the 
races before us in the fear of God. 

/ --Mary Ellen Lavy 

| Camden, Indiana 



Did TIME begin? And if so, when? 
Does TIME have beginning or end? 
ETERNITY! How can it be? 
Oh! Shall we ever comprehend? 

The mortal mind will never find 
Any answer to this question; 
For man's brain does not contain 
The power for its digestion! 

Where does SPACE start? And where depart? 
Does SPACE have beginning or end? 
Endless or not? Oh! What a thought! 
Oh! Shall we ever comprehend? 

The mortal mind will never find 
Any answer to this question; 
For man's brain does not contain 
The power for its digestion! 

What of MATTER? Our thoughts scatter! 
Does it have beginning or end? 
How could it start? Or how depart? 
Oh! Shall we ever comprehend? 

The mortal mind will never find 
Any answer to this question; 
For man's brain does not contain 
The power for its digestion! 

How can God be? And Who is He? 
Does God have beginning or end? 
We cannot see! How God can be! 
Oh! Shall we ever comprehend? 

The mortal mind will never find 
Any answer to this question; 
For man's brain does not contain 
The power for its digestion! 

The things we see, we know to be; 
Because we think, we know we are- 


But how? To find with human mind 
Is a problem too great by far! 

We are finite, and we need light 
The infinite to understand! 
We can't conceive, but we believe 
God is! And we are in His hand! 

--Hollis Flora 
Greenville, Ohio 


Christ is the only connection between heaven and 
earth--aetween God and man. His divinity connects Him 
with Godj His humanity connects Him with man. In Him 
God and man meet, and in Him at~one-ment is made* He 
is the perfect mediator. To take away either His di- 
vinity or His humanity would be to destroy His perfect 

To illustrate in another way: Christ is the ladder 
set up on earth, the* top of which reaches to heaven. 
That ladder Jacob saw: "And he dreamed, and behold a 
ladder set up on the earth, and the top cf it reached 
to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and 
descending on it*" (Genesis 28:12) Jesus claimed to 
be this ladder* In His conversation with Nathaniel, 
He said£ "Verily , verily, I say unto you, Hereafter 
ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God as- 
cending and descending upon the Son of man." (John 1: 

Now, let either the top or the bottom of the ladder 
be cut off, and the effect is the same: the ladder 
then does not connect earth with heaven. To deny the 
d$ity of Christ, which is done in denying the virgin 
birth, is to cut off the top of the ladder. To deny 
the humanity of Christ is to cut off the bottom of the 
ladder; oTie is not worse than the other. Both are 
wrong; both take away the Christ of the Bible — the 
Saviour o f men. 

The Bi ble clearly teaches that Christ was truly 


human, that He partook of human nature as it now is* 
Isaiah, predicting the coming of the Christ, gives us 
His name, Immanuel, "God with us," (Isaiah 7:14) 

Sin made a separation between God and man, between 
God and us. God wanted that gulf bridged, Man could 
not bridge it alone, so God bridged it. God was with 
Christ from the very beginning, Christ did not need 
to come into this world in order for God to be with 
Him but because God wanted to be with men. He was 
not satisfied that men should be separated from Him 
so Christ became "us" in order that God, through Him, 
might be with us. Blessed be His name! 

It was unto us that a child was born, and it was 
unto us that a Son was given in the prophecy of Christ 
as recorded in Isaiah 9:6,7, He was given to us even 
as we are in sin. The Word was made flesh. 

John writes that the Word, which was in the be- 
ginning with God, and which was God, "was made flesh, 
and dwelt among men." (John 1:1-14) 

By Jesse Rutherford 
Selected by Susie Sell 

Thou great First Cause, least understood, 

In every clime adored; 
We all know this — that Thou art good, 

The universal Lord I 

If I am right, Thy grace impart 

Still in the right to stay; 
If I am wrong, teach my heart 

To find that better way. 

Teach me to feel another 1 s woe, 

To hide the fault I see; 
That mercy I to others show; 

That mercy show to me. 

Selected by Bertie Baker 

J2 IMiL pilgrim 




The book of Joshua was at one time grouped with the 
five books of Moses under the heading "Hexateuch". It 
contains the history of Israel under the leadership of 

Joshua was chosen by God to be Moses 1 successor. 
When Moses knew he was to die, he evidently designated 
his helper Joshua to fill his place. Deuteronomy 34; 
9: "And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit 
of wisdoms for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and 
the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as 
the Lord commanded Moses." After that, God called 
Joshua personally. The first two verses of this book 
read, "Now after the death of Moses the servant of the 
Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua 
the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my ser- 
vant is deadj now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, 
thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do 
give to them, even to the children of Israel." Among 
other charges and assuring promises the Lord told him, 
". . . as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee: I 
will not fail thae, nor forsake thee." (Joshua 1:5) 

This book .records the conquest of Canaan and the 
distribution ipf the land among the tribes of Israel. 
It is not a record of laws and statutes but a narra- 
tion of events of history and a record of tribaL 

Who wrote the book of Joshua? Some say Joshua 
himself wirote it. .One opinion is that Phinehas the 
priest compiled 'it from Joshua 1 s notes and records. 
Others say } that it is the work of several authors, 
some of thein perhaps assembling and commenting on 
former records. Joshua 8:28 might support this view, 
Joshua did j Record a renewal of the covenant with God 
which the people made shortly before Joshua's death. 
Joshua 24:23*26 reads, "So Joshua made a covenant 
with the people that day, and set them a statute and 


an ordinance in Shechem, And Joshua wrote these words 
in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, 
and set it up there under an oak, that was by the 
sanctuary of the Lord*" 

The period covered by this book or by the leader- 
ship of Joshua is said to be about 25 years or perhaps 
1380-1355 BeC, Joshua died at 110 years of age 
(Joshua 24:29) so he was about 85 when he began the 
conquest of Canaan, --L«Co 

Information sources: Encyclopedia Britannica ; 
Halley' s Bible Handbook; Matthew Henry's Commentary 

This letter appeared in the correspondence section 
of the March, 1883 Vindicator , 

Dear Brother Kinsey: We are here in the far West, 
entirely isolated from any organized church or old 
order members, which is very discouraging. But then 
we call to mind the words of our blessed Lord and 
Savior, where he said*, "Wheresoever two or three are 
gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." 
This encouragement, together with the good admonitions 
and counsels the Vindicator brings to us, we are again 
encouraged to try by the comforting influence of the 
Holy Spirit and the prayers of our beloved brethren 
and sisters to go on, ever pressing forward toward the 
mark for the prize of the high calling of God, in 
Christ Jesus* < 

Douglas County is the nearest point we know of 
where there are any old order members, and that is 
some thirty or forty miles from here. As soon as we 
get settled a little, we will try and ascertain the 
nearest point to an organized church and try to have 
the brethren come in and hold some meetings for us, 
I believe, from what little observation we have had, 
that there could good be done by the brethren coming 
in and preaching to the people here, There are dif- 
ferent other denominations here with good large 
meeting houses. 


We have here a very good country • The soil gen- 
erally is very good and adapted to all kinds of farm 

Yours in brotherly love, 

Elias Graybill 
Holton, Kansas 

--Selected by John Schonwald 


We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation 
to ail of you for your support and generosity since 
our accident • Your cards, letters, prayers and finan- 
cial gifts have been a blessing words cannot describe. 
It has opened a new dimension of understanding and 
appreciation for Christian brethren and friends, even 
though we have always counted it a great blessing to 
be a part of the Christian community. May the Lord 
bless you all richly and may we all be brought closer 
and closer in the ties of Christian love and affec- 

— Melvin and Marilyn Coning 
and family 


When at Thy footstool, Lord, I bend 
And plead with Thee for mercy there, 
Think of the sinner* s dying Friend, 
A$d for His. sake receive my prayer I 

Oh, think not of my shame and guilty 
My thousand stains of deepest dye I, 
Think of the blood which Jesus spilt, 
And let that blood my pardon buy! 

— Henry -Francis Lyte 
Selected by Susie Wagner 



We, the members of the eastern district of the Old 
Brethren, have appointed a Love feast and Communion for 
April 30 and May 1 at the Wakarusa meeting house. The 
Lord willing, we are looking forward to -a time, of sweet 
fellowship and feeding upon His Word.- A hearty invita- 
tion is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, -and 

friends. : ■ ■ 

— Melvin Coning 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 20, 21, & 22/ at the 
Salida, California, meeting house. Friday will be .- 
council day; on Saturday and Sunday (Penteco'st), there 
will be public- preaching; and- on Saturday- evening, -the 
Communion service. .A hearty invitation and welcome 
is extended to all our members and friends to attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 

BIRTHS /. ..' . 

ROYER - A daughter, Joy Christine, born December 31 to 
Joe and Elisabeth Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. ; 

ROYER - A son, Bradley Jay, born January 9 to Paul and 
Rose Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 

MOORE - A daughter, Deborah Michelle, born January 10 
to Hubert and Dorothy Moore of Hughson, California. 


¥AGNER— FLORA: Lloyd Wagner and Beth Flora were 
married December 24 at Bradford, Ohio. 

NEW ADDRESS: Lloyd Wagner 922 Tally Rd. 

Modesto, Calif. 95350 
(209) 521-6375 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 

A strange fish swims to the surface near an island 
in the southwest Pacific Ocean, It sees an insect sit- 
ting on a leaf about seven feet above the water, 

Pf-f-ft! The fish "spits" high-powered drops of 
water through the air. Hitting the insect squarely, 
they knock it into the sea, where the archer fish is 
waiting to enjoy its meal. 

Scientists puzzle how this odd fish can be almost 
100% accurate at distances up to four feet and can 
occasionally propel water even twelve feet. They have 
learned that the special fish has a narrow groove in 
the roof of Its mouth and can lift its tongue up to 
make a tube for shooting its watery bullets. 

But when the eight-inch-long fish puts its lips out 
of the water and shoots, its eyes are still underwater. 
Somehow it must allow for "refraction". The light 
rays are bent as they pass from water to air, and 
things seen underwater are not really where they ap- 
pear to be. The archer fish, of course, knows nothing 
about refraction; he just does what God created him to 
do and does it amazingly well. 

Like the archer fish, we have been created by God 
to aim at /some things that we cannot clearly see or 
easily understand. By faith we look up at an invis- 
ible God knd reach up for the hand of One Who cannot 
be touchejel. Our sight is often refracted by the ef- 
fects of sin, but we ask, we seek, we aim, and we re- 
ceive the t blessing. Our faith can be almost 100% ac- 
curate asj we believe the teachings of God and humbly 
obey themj. What a privilege. And what a Designer is 
ours! / — Stanley K. Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif, 

19201 Cherokee Ed. 
Tuolumne, Calif, \ 


VOL. _30 FEBRUARY, 1983 NO. 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ii 


Teach me Thy truth, mighty One; 

From sin make me freej 
Prepare my life to fill its place 

In service, Lord, for Thee. 

Accept my talents, great or small, 
Choose Thou the path for me, 

Where I shall labor joyously 
In service, Lord, for Thee, 

Help me to show Thy glorious way 
That leads in hope to Thee, 

Till other souls their .joy shall find 
In service, Lord, for Thee. 

Grant me Thy grace for every task 

Until Thy face I see, 
Then ever- new shall be that joy 

In service, Lord, for Thee. 

— Edith Witmer 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


On July 13, 1982, in Koochiching Gounty, Minnesota, 
the parents of the pupils in two Mennonite Christian 
schools were tried on charges of truancy. The teach- 
ers in these schools were not certified for the State 
of Minnesota and did not have the required degrees or 
education to become certified,, These parents appeared 
without lawyers but represented themselves in the 

In a decision on this case dated September 15, 198% 
Judge Peter N. Hemstad gave his verdict of "Not 
guilty" for all these defendants. We quote here 
parts of his memorandum on the case: 

"All of the defendants in these cases are of the 
Mennonite faith. They are all good solid citizens 
and valuable members of this community . . . Their en- 
tire defense was one of a religious nature. They 
wished to educate their children in their own way as 
they see fit so that their children will become self- 
reliant, self-sufficient, productive members of the 
Mennonite community and thus also of our State and 
Nation. One of the important parts of their faith is 
not to adopt worldly ways but to keep as best they 
can the religious and social customs and habits of 
their predecessors in faith. . . They demonstrated to 
the court that all of their students have scored well 
on the California Achievement Tests, indicating that 
their children are in fact being educated. . . The 
State of Minnesota requires . . . that the curriculum 
and teachers must meet certain minimum standards to 
qualify as a school. Clearly, the Mennonite schools 
and teachers fail to qualify. That, however, does 
not mean they fail to educate. . . 

"As an additional aside, the court might add that 
it has yet to see any of the children in question in 


juvenile court nor have any of the defendants, to the 
best of the court's recollection, appeared in any 
division of the County Court other than for the 
immediate cases* . ." (From C.L.E. Lightlines) 

These words of praise and more come from the 
Minnesota judge. We might speculate about what his 
verdict would have been if these children had been 
delinquent, if the parents had been in court before 
on other charges, if the teachers had not been teach- 
ing their pupils. , * 

The lesson is clear to us, We need to be diligent- 
and faithfully going about our business. Failure in 
one area can spoil our record and our testimony in 
another. And on the other hand, a record of consis- 
tent Christian practice is a good recommendation in 
any situation we or our children might come to. 

It could be that we will face less fair treatment 
than these Minnesota people faced. Christians in the 
past have come through deep water and severe trials 
by fire. But the need for consistency and faithful- 
ness is still the same. In fact, it becomes even 
more important if we should face injustice. Now, in 
our time of freedom, is the opportunity for us to set 
those records and establish that untarnished reputa- 
tion. By the help of God we can fill our places and 
do our jobs. Our children can be ordered in such a 
way that they will never need to regret their conduct. 
May we not, by our words or actions, bring reproach 
upon the name of our Lord and Saviour, but may we 
shine as lights in a world of darkness. 

Some of Paul's advice in Romans 12 fits our time 
so well: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with 
brotherly love; in Jionour preferring one another; Not 
slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the 
Lord. . . Recompense to no man evil for evil. Pro- 
vide things honest in the sight of all men, . . Be 
not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." 


What I know about God encourages me to trust Him in 
all I do not know, — Selected 



"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see 
God." (Matthew 5:8) 

The word "pure" in its absolute sense can apply 
only to God. (Revelation 15:3-4) When it is applied 
to man it pre-supposes man's utmost efforts to erad- 
icate all negative factors that would tarnish, stain, 
corrupt, defile, or blemish the soul. As used in the 
New Testament, it applies to heart and mind. Titus 
1:15: "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto 
theui that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; 
but even their mind and conscience is defiled*" 

Ksro it speaks of a singleness in purpose of heart, 
mind, and conscience. Jesus' words in Matthew 6:22-23 
are very instructive: "The light of the body is the 
eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body 
shall be full cf light. But if thine eye be evil, thy 
whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore 
the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is 
that darkness! " 

The word "pure" ever speaks of a standard of per- 
fection. Today, man is using all his ingenuity to 
produce something that will stand the test for purity. 
In this world of adulterations, pure food laws have 
become a necessity. The search for higher standards 
goes on and on. Pure air and pure water are becoming 
great problems for 'the next generation. Accepted 
standards of sanitation usually fall far short of 
purity. \ 

Is God interested in human purity? I believe He is 
infinitely interested in each factor of our being. We 
have received and are continually receiving from Him 
all we have and all we are. His bountiful mercies are 
renewed to us from day to day. But the all-seeing eye 
of God ta-xes full notice of the heart. He has great 
blessings for the "pure in heart" „ 

The Christian Gospel message is pure. It is ever 
a message to the heart. Long ago came a Holy Spirit- 
directed call to the vast hordes of earth's dwellers. 


Proverbs 4:23: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; 
for out of it are the issues of life* 11 

But a stunning truth strikes the heart when exposed 
to the pure light of God's Word* "The heart is de- 
ceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who 
can know it? 11 (Jeremiah 17:9) 

Though innocent at birth, the normal child soon 
knows the waywardness of the fallen nature within. 
Only God can cleanse and purify the sin-natured heart 
of man* In great compassionate love, He sent His Son 
with pure words of life* The Son Jesus lived with a 
pure heart, ever seeking the Father's Will and glory. 
Then He gave His pure life's blood to atone for man's 
sin. He arose from the grave in a pure spiritual body 
to His Father in Heaven, He fulfilled the Truth of 
His own words, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for 
they shall see God*" 

Born again from above by God's Word and His Holy 
Spirit, the Christian has the pure light of God's 
Truth upon his pathway. Cleansed from sin, the re- 
newed heart and mind are now filled with love for God 
and man. The soul has now a living contact with its 
loving Creator and Redeemer, The heart and mind are 
now blessed with understanding. We now know something 
of the great compassionate love of God in His Son, We 
feel the warm tug of His pure love toward the brethren 
and sisters in Christ, I John 3:14 gives the heart 
assurance to endeavor in faithful obedience: "We know 
we have passed from death unto life, because we love 
the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth 
in death." 

The heart that seeks a borderline purity is giving 
an invitation to Satan, This heart is impure in its 
God-love, hoping somehow to give some love and time to 
worldly attractions, Jesus drew a heavy line here in 
words of warning, Matthew 6:24: "No man can serve 
two masters: for either he will hate the one, and 
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and 
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon," 
A continual heart searching is indicated here. 


God's tried saints have always taken time for heart 
searching* The Apostle Peter was greatly concerned 
for the scattered brethren under his ministry* "See- 
ing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth 
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, 
see that ye love one another with a pure heart fer- 
vently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, 
but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth 
and abideth for ever," (I Peter 1:22,23) 

The start of the born-again life is the pure word 
of God, activated by the Koly Spirit of God* One must 
believe and receive this new life from above* On 
God's part it is an act of His great love to us* As 
newborn babes, we rest in His love and desire to be 
fed with the milk of the word* Our hearts and minds 
are lifted to Him in praise and prayer* His word and 
Holy Spirit point to the path of obedience* The Holy 
Spirit imparts to us Spirit gifts to be used in our 
field of labor for Him* 

Will the pure in heart see God in this life? We 
have two apostolic declarations that will hold us on 
our course concerning the matter of seeing God* 

John 1:18; "No man hath seen God at any time; the 
only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, 
he hath declared him fl " 

Paul, who had abundant revelations bordering on the 
unspeakable and unlawful for man to utter (II Corin- 
thians 12:1-4), gives us this in I Timothy 6:16, in 
speaking of the immortal King of Kings and Lord of 
Lords? Jesus Christ: "Who only hath immortality, 
dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; 
whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour 
and power everlasting* Amen*" 

There is a certain radiance of glory for the 
"seeker" in God's word when the Holy Spirit illumi- 
nates the text to our understanding. New and delight- 
ful vistas of God's glory open up for the soul's 
benefit* The heart and mind become further instructed 
and conscious of the infinite greatness of our God* 
Our God is infinitely greater than our fondest imag- 


i nations of Him 

The "single eye" now looks above where "the heavens 
declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth 
his handiwork*" 

The Bible account of creation is inseparable from 
the gospel of salvation through Christ: "All things 
were made by him; and without him was not any thing 
made that was made," His glory is declared by His 
creation* We "were made in His likeness," To be- 
lievers, the Holy Spirit brings a sense of this glory 
of Godc It can be seen today in things infinitely 
great and infinitely small. This sense of glory grows 
on us as we thankfully enumerate His great goodnesses 
to us and praise Him for them. 

A work of divine grace is now being accomplished 
in the soul, as Paul tells his Corinthian brethren in 
II Corinthians 3:17-18; "Now the Lord is that Spirit: 
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the 
glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image 
from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the 
Lord." --James D. Cover 

Modesto, California 


"Hear, Israelr The Lord our God is one Lord." 
(Deuteronomy 6:4 5 Mark 12:29' 

"Oh Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest be- 
tween the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, 
of all the kingdoms 'of the earth: thou hast made 
heaven and earth," (Isaiah 37:16) 

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, 
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost (or Holy 
Spirit ;: and these three are one," (I John 5:7) 
These three are one God. "God is a Spirit." (John 4:24) 

c - esus S aid, "I_g^oceeded fo rth and came fro m God ; 
neither came I of myself , but he sent me/" (John 8:42) 
"Ani the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy 


Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the High- 
est shall overshadow thee: therefore also that- holy 
thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the 
Son of God." (Luke 1:35) n But when the Comforter is 
come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even 
the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father , 
he shall testify of me. n (John 15:261 Both proceeded 
from the one God, the same Spirit. 

God manifested Himself through His creation, "The 
heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmajnent 
sheweth his handywork." (Psalms 19:1) " . • .God,. .made 
heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that 
are therein*. •He did good, .and gave us rain from 
heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with 
food and gladness ," (Acts 14:15,17) 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was 
with God, and the Word was God.' 1 (John 1:1) Our words 
are a part of ourselves — what we are, what w r e think, 
God's Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we 
beheld His glory, (John 1:14) "And without contro- 
versy great is the mystery of godliness: God was 
manifest in the flesh... 11 (I Timothy 3:16) God is 
love. (I John 4:8-16) Jesus came to show us the 
Father and to show His love toward us that we might 
have salvation. 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only 
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should 
not perish, but hgtve everlasting life." (John 3?l6) 
11 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every- 
one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may 
have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at 
the last day. 1 ' (John 6:40) 

11 Jesus answered *( the Jews) and said, My doctrine 
is not mine, but His that sent me. M (John 7:lo) 
"I and my Father are one," (John 10:30); the same 
Spirit. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit proceeded 
from God, This, too, is the same Spirit, the one Sod. 

While Jesus was here, the disciples could see the 
Spirit working through Jesus, but they did not have 
the indwelling Spirit within them. Jesus said, "It 


is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not 
away j the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I 
depart, I will send him unto you," (John 16:7) "Even 
the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, 
because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye 
know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in 
you." (John 14:17) 

The Holy Spirit T s work Is to guide Into all truth. 
He does not speak of himself; what he hears, he speaks, 
^ e hear s, he speaks , he teaches and guides into all 
truth. He glorifies Jesus. (John 16:13,14) Jesus 
g-lorifies the Father. (John 17:4) 

The promise of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled on the 
day of Pentecosto The Holy Spirit is now given to all 
who believe and obey Him. Jesus prayed, "That they 
all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in 
thee, that they also may be one in us..." (John 17:21) 

"So we, being many, are one body in Christ..." 
(Romans 12:5) "For we being many are one bread, and 
one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread*" 
(Christ) (I Corinthians 10:17) "Know ye not that ye 
are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God 
dwelleth in you?" (i Corinthians 3:16) "...The love 
of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost 
which is given unto us." (Romans 5:5) 

One God is manifest through the Word that became 
flesh and divelt among us and through His body (the 
Church) by the Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent and who 
proceeded from the Father. 

These three are one; the same Spirit; one God. 

— Susie Sell 
Bradford, Ohio 

Consider him a friend who rebukes you privately. 
It is a pitiful state of affairs indeed, for a man to 
have no one who dares to correct him when he has need 
of it, For such a man is likely to think he makes no 
mistakes if he receives; no reproof, and will live on 
in error to his own destruction. Selected 



OhL the blessedness of fellowship, 
Times of joy we hold so dear; 
Oh! the blessed privilege to worship 
With friends both far and near. 
But the sweetest joy comes to me 
Meeting Jesus on bended knee. 

Here His strength He makes me feel 
When in weakness to Him I cling. 
His very presence is so real, 
Seems I can hear heavenly voices sing. 
Oh yes, the sweetest joy comes to me 
Meeting Jesus on bended knee. 

New friends I love to meet 

In this world as I travel through; 

Old friends I love to greet: 

I love to hear their voices anew* 

Still the sweetest joy comes to me 

Meeting Jesus on bended knee. 

Oh I tell Him of my trials, 

Tell Him when my faith grows weak, 

Tell Him of my friends across the miles, 

Pray Him the,ir every need to meet. 

Oh I the joy. that comes to me 

Meeting Jesus on bended knee. 

Yes, I hear Him sweetly say, 

"Your earthly path I ! ve traveled on. 

You can trust me day by day. 

The victory I've already won. tf 

So peace comes stealing over me 

Meeting Jesus on bended knee. 

\ — June Fountain 

Auburn, California 



I supposed I knew the Bible , 

Reading piece-meal, hit or miss; 

Now a bit of John or Matthew, 

Now a snatch of Genesis, 

Certain chapters of Isaiah, 

Certain Psalms, the twenty- third, 

Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs; 

Yes, I thought I knew the Word. 

But I found a thorough reading 

Was a different thing to do, 

And the way was unfamiliar 

When I read the Bible through. 

Ye who treat the Crown of Writings 

As you treat no other book — 

Just a paragraph disjointed; 

Just a crude, impatient look — 

Try a worthier procedure; 

Try a broad and steady view; 

You will kneel in very rapture 

When you read the Bible through. 

By Amos R. Wells 

Selected by Mary Ellen Lavy 


I know not why His hand is laid 
In chastening on my life, 

Nor why it is my little world 
Is filled so full of strife. 

I know not why, when faith looks up 
And seeks for rest from pain, 

That o'er my sky fresh clouds arise 
And drench my path with rain. 

I knoiv not why my prayers so long 
By Him have been denied; 


Nor why, while others 1 ships sail on, 
Mine should in port abide* 

But I do know that God is love, 

That He my burden shares, 
And though I may not understand, 

I know, for me, He cares. 

By Grace Troy 

Selected by Leona Miller 


They cannot shell His temple, 
Nor dynamite His throne; 
They cannot bomb His city, 
Nor rob Him of His own. 

They cannot take Him captive, 
Nor strike Him deaf and blind, 
Nor starve Him to surrender, 
Nor make Him change His mind. 

They cannot cause Him panic, 
Nor cut off His supplies; 
They cannot take His Kingdom, 
Nor hurt Him with their lies. 

Though all the world be shattered, 
His truth remains the same; 
His righteous laws still potent, 
And "Father" still His name. 

Though we face war and struggle, 
And feel their goad and rod, 
We know, above confusion, 
There always will be God, 

By Dr. Albert Leonard Murray 
Selected by Carol Boone 





The book of Judges is named for the leaders of 
Israel for that period,, They were judges — not kings* 
Some of these judges seem to have had wide influence 
in the nation; others were more concerned with the 
problems in their immediate vicinities or tribeso 
They all were raised up to lead their people against 
oppressors who overcame them because of their sins 
and forsaking of the Lordo God sent neighboring na- 
tions to oppress them until they cried to Him; then 
He would raise up a deliverer (a judge) who would 
throw off the yoke of the oppressor, and the land 
would have a period of peace,. 

The book covers a period of approximately 300 years 
(about 1400-1100 BpCo) between Joshua's conquest of 
Canaan and the time of Samuel and the kings * 

Twelve of these judges are named, and we give them 
here with the names of their tribes and the time they 
served: Othniel of Judah (40 years); Ehud of Benjamin 
(80 years); Deborah and Barak of Naphtali (40 years); 
Gideon of Manasseh (40 years); Abimelech, Gideon's 
son (3 years); Tola of Issachar (23 years); Jair of 
Manasseh (22 years); Jephthah of Manasseh (6 years); 
Ibzan of Judah (7 years); Elon of Zebulon (10 years); 
Abdon of Ephraim (8 years); Samson of Dan (20 years). 

It is not certain iN-ho the author of the book was, 
but some think it was Samuel Others think it was a 
compilation of various editors from older documents 
and items such as the song of Deborah and Barak in 
chapter 5. The book of Judges records and describes 
the important period of Israel's history in Canaan 
when God was their only kingo This book tells vividly 
how God led them and consistently rewarded them with 
peace when they were faithful and trusting, and how 
He let them fall under the rule of their enemies when 
they forsook Him and served idols* — L.Co 


100 YEARS AGO j 

This article, written by a Mr. Ta Image, was taken 
from the October, 1883 Vindicator * 


Tell me a young man drinks, and I know all the 
rest. Let him become captive of the ^inecup and he 
is the captive of all other vices* N6 man ever runs 
drunkenness alone. That is one of th$ carrion crows 
that goes in a flock. If that beak i$ ahead, you may 
know the other beaks followo In other words, strong 
drink unbalances and dethrones, and makes him the prey 
of all the appetites that choose to alight upon his 
soul* There is not a piece of sin upon this continent 
but finds its chief abettor in the places of inebriety. 
There is a drinking-place before it, or behind it, or 
a bar over it, or a bar under it. The officer said 
to me that night, "You see how they escape legal 
penalty; they are licensed to sell liquor. " Then I 
thought within myself, the court which licenses the 
sale of intoxicating liquors, licenses gaming houses, 
licenses libertinism, licenses disease, licenses 
death, all crimes, all sufferings, all disasters, all 
woes. It is the legislature and courts, who swing 
wide open this grinding, roaring, stupendous gate of 
the lost. . .-Selected by John Schonwald 

How lovely are the faces of 

The men that walk with God; 
.Lit with an inner sureness of 
/ The path their feet have trod. 
How gentle is the manner of 

A man who walks with Him; 
No strength can overcome him^ and 

No cloud his courage dim. 
Keen are the hands and feet, oh yes^ 

Of those who wait His will, 
And clear as crystal mirrors are 

The hearts His love can fill. 



We, the members of the eastern district of the Old 
Brethren, have appointed a Love feast and Communion for 
April 30 and May 1 at the Wakarusa meeting house. The 
Lord willing, we are looking forward to a time of sweet 
fellowship and feeding upon His Word. A hearty invita- 
tion is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, and 
friends . 

— Melvin Coning 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held, the Lord, willing, on May 20, 21, and 22 at 
the Salida, California, meeting house. Friday will 
be council day; on Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost), 
there will be public preaching; and on Saturday even- 
ing, the Communion service. A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all our members and friends to 

— Joseph L. Cover 


We, the members at Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil, S.A., 
were made to rejoice when Claudio Gomes Pimentel re- 
quested Christian baptism. Upon a public confession 
of faith in Jesus Christ, he was baptized on February 
6. May he be faithful and helpful in the Kingdom of 

— Wade Flora 

Our new brother 1 s address s 

Claudio Gomes Pimentel 

C.P/ 130 Rio Verde, Goias 76200 

Brazil, South America ; 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understand- 
ing, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ 
j QS 4s, — Philippians 4:7 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 

Were you ever in a schoolroom so quiet you could 
hear a pin drop? Or in a place where it was so quiet 
you could almost hear yourself think? 

Today those places are becoming rare indeed! Even 
out in a field or woods far from the highways, we hear 
the muffled roar of a jet flying high overhead. 

Where can we go for a moment of absolute silence? 
Many people today seem to be scared of silence, almost 
as if rhey are afraid to just quietly meditate, or 
think, about something worthwhile. They turn their 
radios f televisions, and record players up until they 
are so loud that other conversation is difficult or 
impossible. Apparently they would rather hear the 
brassy noise of entertainment than to visit with each 
other, or sing, or read a quiet book. And they become 
so accustomed to noise that some of them cannot sleep 
at night if it's too quiet! 

I like silence, I treasure it, as a wonderful gift 
from God. When the pounding machine finally grinds to 
a halt, I/rejoice. And even the pleasant sounds that 
I love to; hear, such as beautiful singing, need si- 
lence mixjed with the notes (rests, pauses for breath- 
ing and between verses) to make me fully enjoy the 
music, J 

Most of all, I, like silence when thinking about God, 
or speaking to Him in prayer. Like closing my eyes, 
silence makes ( it easier to forget the things around me 
and come into -God's holy Presence** No wonder, then, 
that the Psalmist David cried out, "Be still, and know 
that I am Go4, !l and the prophet Zechariah said, "Be 
silent, all flesh, before the Lord," 

f --Stanley K. Brubaker 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t pm&r zii 

PSALM 121 

I will lift up mine eyes unto 
the hills, from whence cometh 
my help. 

My help cometh from the Lord, 
which made heaven and earth. 

He will not suffer thy foot to 
be moved: he that keepeth thee 
will not slumber. 

Behold, he that keepeth Israel 
shall neither slumber nor sleep. 

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord 
is thy shade upon thy right hand. 

The sun shall not smite thee by 
day, nor the moon by night. 

The Lord shall preserve thee from 
all evil: he shall preserve thy 

The Lord shall preserve thy going 
out and thy coming in from this 
time forth, and even for evermore. 

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Jesus, in trying to convince His disciples of who 
He was and what His mission in the world was, asked 
them, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 11 
They said, M Some say that thou art John the Baptist; 
some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the 
prophets." Then He asked, "Whom do you say that I 
am?" Then one of the disciples, Simon Peter, said, 
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." 
Jesus replied, "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for 
flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but 
my Father which is in heaven,, And I say also unto 
thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will 
build nr£ church; and the gates of hell shall not pre- 
vail against it," (See Matthew 16:13-18) 

Despite complaints and criticism, abuse and neglect, 
the church has a guaranteed future. Someone has said, 
"Though the church has many critics, it has no rival. 
Jesus called it my church and nothing can destroy it." 
We must believe the church is here and is alive and 
is declaring the righteousness of God in individual 
life and also as a collective body, which is called 
the church. This can only be a reality when individ- 
ual souls declare that Jesus is the Christ, the Son 
of the living God, and are controlled by this decla- 

The word "church" is used two ways in the scrip- 
tures. Church in its broad sense refers to all true 
believers in Jesus Christ or the church universal. 
Secondly, church applies to a local gathering of be- 
lievers such as the church of God which was at Corinth 
We believe this is basically the way it was used in 
the scriptures. The universal is no more than the 
shadow of the local. 

The New Testament has structured the church in a 
local setting. (See Acts 14:23, Revelation 2 and 3 


and others*) The local church is like the home: when 
the home fails, society suffers; when the local church 
fails, the kingdom suffers* The local church has a 
responsibility to the kingdom universal* (I Thessalo- 
nians 1:7-8) If we fail in this, we have failed in 
our mission* If we have been faithful in this, we 
have fulfilled our responsibility to all the churches* 

Someone has said, n One of the church's problems is 
that it includes people like you and me; though its 
origin is divine, it is made up of sinners who have 
received Jesus Christ as Saviour* The church is not 
a hot house operating under controlled conditions in 
an ideal atmosphere, nor is it a perfect people's ex- 
hibition; rather it is a fellowship of twice-born sin- 
ners seeking to conform to the image of Jesus Christ* 11 

Every believer needs the support, warmth, and ten- 
der care of a local assemblyo We need the church; the 
church needs us in good and bad times, glad and sad 
times. This is where we feel loved and wanted* Here 
is where our love is received and absorbed, where we 
share our lives and bear one another's burdens, where 
we receive instruction and training, where we receive 
discipline and correction, where we can exercise in 
the ordinances, and above all, where we can love one 
another as Christ has loved us* 

We believe whan we can understand the church's or- 
igen and purpose, we can from the heart sing: 

Blest be the tie that binds 
Otfr hearts in Christian love, 

The fellowship of kindred minds 
Is like to that above* 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Sin is not a nice thought, but it is a reality, it 
is all around us, and it is something we must hate and 
flee because the enemy of our souls is trying to 


plague every one of us with this terrible disease. 

It began with Satan, when he was filled with pride 
and rose in rebellion and disobedience to the Most 
High? and it will end when Satan and all his followers 
are cast into the lake of fire* 

Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift, the Lord 
Jesus Christ, for the Word, and for the Holy Spirit 
that will set us free* 

The definition of sin as found in Cruden 1 s Con - 
cordan ce is as follows: any thought, word, action, 
omission, or desire contrary to the law of God* We 
read in I John 3:4-10, "Whosoever committeth sin 
transgresseth also the laws for sin is the transgres- 
sion of the law And ye know that he was manifested 
to take away our sinsi and in him is no sin., Whoso- 
ever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth 
hath not seen him, neither known him. Little chil- 
dren, let no man decei ve you : he that doeth right- 
eousness is righteous, even as he is righteous , He 
that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil 
sinneth from the beginning. For t his purpose the son 
2l 2SA H5 manifested , that he might destroy the works 
of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not com- 
mit sin j for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot 
sin, because he is born of God, Jjti this the c hildren 
of God are m anifes t, and the children of the devil : 
whosoever doeth not r 1 gh t e ou s ne s s is not of God , 
neither he that loveth not his brother." 

These are sobering words and very plain to see, 
Paul wrote to the Romans, "Know ye not, that to whom 
ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye 
are to whom ye. obey; whether of sin unto death, or of 
obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, 
that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have o beyed 
from the heart that form of d octrine which was de - 
livered you . Being then made free from sin, ye be- 
came the servants of righteousness*" (Romans 6:16-18) 
Verse 22-23 of the same chapter: "But now being made 
free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have 
your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting 
life. For the wages of sin is deaths but the gift of 


God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lordo 11 

Our motives and attitudes must surely stand out 
very large with our Lordo As we read the Bible we get 
the picture of the Lord f s will: Be ye holy, for I am 
holy! Worship and serve only me! Love me with all 
your heart, mind, strength, and soul! Then Jesus* 
words: "Blessed are the pure in heart, M and "Be ye 
perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is 
perfect*" We know that as long as we are in this 
tabernacle of clay, we will come short of the will of 
Godo If we could be spotless and sinless, our blessed 
Lord would not have needed to shed His blood to atone 
for our sins* 3ut the heart can be perfect (which was 
said of many of the righteous throughout the Bible), 
and the motives can be pure, and the soul can drink of 
the water of life freely and be filled with gratitude, 
praise, peace, and joy* How thankful we should be to 
have our sins forgiven! And how refreshing it is, 
after we realize we have done wrong, to come to the . 
throne of grace! 

As we think of the life of David, we notice how 
close a relation he had with his Maker* The Bible 
says, "David was a man after God's own heart*" David 
spoke many beautiful words: "My heart is fixed, 
God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise,," 
(Psalm 57:7) "As the hart panteth after the water 
brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, God* My soul 
thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I 
come and appear before God?" (Psalm 42:1,2) "Thy word 
have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against 
thee*" (Psalm 119:11) 

Recently a brother and I were talking about Satan 
and how he would tear things apart if we allow him* 
The brother described Satan like a puppy with a pillow 
in his mouth, just shaking and tearing until every- 
thing is torn and scattered all over* 

Peter tells us: "Be sober, be vigilant! because 
your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh 
about, seeking whom he may devour*," (I Peter 5:8) 
John the Reve later records, "And the dragon was wroth 


with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant 
of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and 
have the testimony of Jesus Christ,," (Revelation 12: 
17) Paul, writing to the church at Corinth: n And no 
marvel^ for Satan himself is transformed into an angel 
of lighto Therefore it is no great thing if his min- 
isters also be transformed as the ministers of right- 
eousnessi whose end shall be according to their works* 1 ' 
(II Corinthians 11:14,15) Paul's charge to the elders 
of Ephesus: "Wherefore I take you to record this day, 
that I am pure from the blood of all men, For I have 
not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of 
God* Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all 
the flocks over which the Holy Ghost hath made you 
overseers , to feed the church of God, which he hath 
purchased with his own blood* For I know this, that 
after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in 
among you, not sparing the flock* Also of your own 
selves shall man arise, speaking perverse things, to 
draw away disciples after them* Therefore watch, and 
remember, that by the space of three years I ceased 
not to warn every one night and day with tears* 11 (Acts 

Jesus said: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not 
into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but 
the flesh is weak*' 1 (Matthew 26:41) But, praise the 
Lord, there's power in the blood; "and this is the 
victory that overcometh the world, even our faith*" 
(I John 5:4) "And' they overcame him (Satan) by the 
blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; 
and they loved not their lives unto the death*" 
(Revelation 12:11) "There hath no temptation taken 
you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, 
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye 
are able; but will with the temptation also make a 
way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it*" (I 
Corinthians 10:13) "Finally, my brethren, be strong 
in the Lord, and in the power of his might* Put on 
the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand 
against the wiles of the devil* For we wrestle not 


against flesh and blood, but against principalities, 
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of 
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high 
places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of 
God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, 
and having done all, to stand* Stand therefore, hav- 
ing your loins girt, about with truth , and having on 
the breastplate of righteousness ; And your feet ^shod 
with the preparation of the gospel of peace ? Above all, 
taking the shield of faith, wherewith je shall be able 
to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked . And take 
the helm et of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit ;, 
which £s the word of God: Praying always with all 
prayer and supplication in the Spirit , . * l! (Ephcsians 
6 il 0-1 8) 

.Surely God desires for His children to accept the 
word just as it is, without adding to or taking away. 
As the apostle Paul wrote: SfFdr we are not as many, 
which corrupt the word of Gods but as of sincerity, 
but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." 
(II Corinthians 2:17) 

The subject of sin, we feel, is taken far too light- 
ly in today's religious world, and lukewarmness is the 
result. May we who are of the day watch and be sober, 
casting off the works of darkness and redeeming the 
time because the days are evil* 

In Christian love, 
Kenneth Garber 
* Hughson, California 


Would you like to be a Stephen? I mean the Stephen 
who was stoned— the first Christian martyr. What 
would it be like to face an angry mob armed with 
stones? We would all like to see what Stephen saw 
when the heavens opened to him* But perhaps it is 
like any great accomplishment or a difficult, painful 
job; we like having done it; we like when it is over. 

Compare the life of Stephen to that of Moses— the 


one so short; the other so long. Both were so vivid 
and useful; both were given the vision into the prom- 
ised land at the close of their lives. Both were 
violently opposed by Satan because of the importance 
of their work in God's kingdom. 

It is easy to see why the long life of Moses and 
his service were so enduring in the hearts of his peo- 
ple, Eut for Stephen to be martyred so soon, to have 
such a short period of service, it would seem that 
such a life would not be long remembered and not count 
for so much* But it doesn't take prolonged study or 
speculation to see the truth about Stephen's testimony. 
Can we begin to calculate the number of men and women 
who have read of Stephen's life and death and been 
deeply ncved--perhaps even converted through this 
account? This is besides the people of his day with 
whom he spoke and who witnessed his death. 

It is certain that Stephen's life and death in- 
fluenced Paul 1 So Little did proud Saul realize when 
he looked after the clothes of the witnesses at 
Stephen's stoning, that some day he would be preaching 
this same Gospel against which he was working so ve- 

Saul's native town was Tarsus in Cilicia, and it 
was against Jews from this area and others that 
Stephen was disputing, (Acts 6:9) Saul may have been 
one of Stephen 1 s chief antagonists. It is interesting 
that even though there were many Jews against one 
"they were not able to resist the wisdom and spirit 
by which he spake. 11 Such is the power and Spirit of 
God Finally they hired false witnesses to testify 
they had heard him speak blasphemy against Moses and 
against God. If this would have been true, it would 
indeed have called for stoning according to Leviticus 

Paul, being so zealous of the law and living with 
a good conscience before God as he did, must have had 
some inklings of God's true will even before he was 
struck down on tha Damascus road. For one thing, he 
had never seen a man die like Stephen did, forgiving 


those who stoned him, and so obviously seeing a vision 
of glory. And Jesus told Paul, "It is hard for thee 
to kick against the pricks, 11 indicating that Paul was 
not as sure of his course as he wanted to believe he 
was, Paul remembered all his life that he had perse- 
cuted the church, and this man Stephen was, without a 
doubt, a vivid inspiration to him to leave all for 
Jesus as he did. 

Did we wonder that a life so short as Stephen's 
could have so much influence? It seems that this is 
the main purpose of his life--an influence in the 
church of God. The length of life is not what counts 
but the quality of that life—how completely it is 
yielded to God. It is like Jesus said of Mary and 
her anointing of His body for burial— this would be 
told wherever the Gospel would be preached. 

Do our lives bear any resemblance to Stephen's? 
They should if we are in Christ. We may not have to 
be stoned. Our testimonies may not reach the millions 
like Stephen's has* But we can belong to the same 
church and serve the same Lord. He can work His will 
in us as He did in Stephen. Each one has a place to 
fill. Each one has a life and a death with which to 
glorify God. 

We are giving out an influence whether we know it 
or not—for good or evil. May we examine ourselves 
in the light of God's Word. What are our goals and 
motives? How attached are we to this world? How much 
do we value our lives here? Jesus said, l! He that 
findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth 
his life for my sake shall find it." (Matthew 10:39) 
To "lose cur lives" for Jesus' sake may mean for us 
to be so swallowed up in the cause of Christ as to be 
like Paul — crucified with Christ, nevertheless we 
live, and the life we now live is by the faith of 
Jesus Christ. 

Stephen was a man "full of faith and of the Holy 
Ghost. 11 If this can be said of us, God has use for 
us in the church of Jesus Christ and a home for us in 
glory. — L.C. 



Where were you, oh man? 
Answer if you can, 
Oh man of education* 

Where were you when I, 
The Lord God most high, 
Created all creation? 

Where were you, my man 

When I made the plan 

And laid the world 1 s foundation? 

Where are you, oh man? 
An$wer if you can, 
Oh man for evolution! 

Where are you? Theories 
Solve not mysteries 
Nor prove a false conclusion 
(But multiply confusion). 

Where are you, now then, 
My fallen man in sin, 
Oh man of revolution? 

Who are you, oh man? 

answer if you can, 

Oh man of earthly knowledge* 

How are you so great? 

Do you educate 

The Lord in human college? 

How are you so grand? 

Can you understand 

Your God's wonderful knowledge? 

What are you, oh man? 
Answer if you can, 
Man of imagination. 

What are you, creature. 
Pupil or teacher, 
To dQXip 7 your creation? 


What are you but dust? 

Your Creator trust, 

Praise Him with admiration! 

Where were you, oh man? 
Answer if you can, 
I am from eternity! 

Where were you when I, 
Your Lord God most high, 
Made you a live entity 
(Gave to you identity)? 

Oh where will you be, 
Man, when you meet Me? 
I am to eternity! 

!0h man, answer if you can! 

--Hollis Flora 
Greenville, Ohio 


How sparse > alas, its gold rush days, 
Few seek its treasure rare; 
God's mine of love, unfathomed, deep,. 
Has rich exhaustless fare. 

The searching soul with eager eye, 
Who seeks this mine of wealth, 
May find rich veins of happiness, 
Contentment, peace , and health. 

The weary need not labor long; 
There is a lode of rest. 
Rich stores of perfect peace are found 
By troubled souls, distressed. 

Its great resources scarcely tapped, 
Endless the stores thereof; 
There is no need it cannot fill — 
The treasury of God's love. 

— Miriam J. Sauder 



A historical study is an effort to discover the 
record of an event and to verify the authenticity of 
the recordo Determining how the record has been pre- 
served and relayed to us thus becomes a challenging 
task. The history of the Bible is a study that has 
to be accepted on the premise of its primary content, 
which is one of faith. The following quote from the 
Funk and Wagnalls Standard Reference Encyclopedia re- 
garding the Bible is, I feel, worthy of note, 

"It is necessary to consider the Bible as a col- 
lection of writings produced against the background 
of Near and Middle Eastern culture and history. This 
is because both Judaism and Christianity are 'histor- 
ical* religions! ice,, their spiritual development as 
recorded in their sacred scriptures, forms an inte- 
gral part of their historical background. 

"The Old Testament and Apocrypha are almost all 
the writings that remain from ancient Hebrew liter- 
ature, although many other works must once have ex- 
isted. What distinguishes these surviving documents 
of the Hebrew literature from the national liter- 
atures of Greece, Rome, India, Great Britain and the 
United States is their almost exclusively religious 
character. Other literatures contain numerous inde- 
pendent works of poetry, drama, satire, biography, 
history, or philosophy. In the Old Testament and 
Apocrypha, pure or mixed examples of some of these 
kinds of writing may be found (such as the histories 
of I and II Kings, the poetry of the Psalms, or the 
dramatic dialogues , of Job), but they are primarily 
characterized by the religious purpose that pervades 
the entire body of work. There is no real parallel 
to this situation in any other literature. As one 
consequence, no other pre-Christian religion, except 
possibly that of ancient Greece, is so well doc- 
umented as that of ancient Israel. This is espe- 
cially fortunate insofar as the Old Testament en- 


shrines many of the highest and noblest religious 
teachings and ideals mankind has ever known* 11 

-Joseph Wagner 
Modesto, California 


This poem, by Rhoda La Simpson, appeared in the 
June, 1883 Vindicator « 


We will all be calmly sleeping 

Underneath the earth we tread, 
None above us r>hall be weeping 

All who knew us will be dead; 
Other hands shall strive for gainings, 

Others then shall knit the brow, 
We shall sleep on all forgotten, 

Just one hundred years from now. 

We may horde the golden treasure, 

As we journey on through life, 
Making that our brightest treasure, 

Long and bitter be our strife; 
Yet we shall not long enjoy it, 

Those who care not why, or how 
It was gotten, shall possess it, 

Just one hundred years from now. 

Others theji shall fill our places 

Some may bear the same old name 5 
Will they resemble us in faces, 

Will they be just quite the same? 
No, indeed! they still may be troubled 

O'er the scythe, or o'er the plow, 
Yet they then will be jso different^ 

Just one hundred years from now 

Will their thoughts be any better, 
Will the mind have higher grown? 

Will they think of us as "fogies", 
As we think of those who are gone? 


Will they then be any wiser, 

Will they be too proud to bow 
To the God that reigns above them, 

Just one hundred years from now? 

Will the days seem more enlightened, 

Heaven then be dimmer grown? 
And will the earth still be shrouded 

With the mysteries we have known? 
Will the cross have grown still lighter, 

Sorrow visit less the brow? 
Will the world be "topsy turvey," 

Just one hundred years from now? 

--Selected by John Schonwald 


By Nebo's lonely mountain 

On this side Jordan* s wave, 
In a vale in the land of Moab 

There lies a lonely grave; 
And no man knows that sepulchre 

And no man saw it e'er, 
For the angels of God upturned the sod 

And laid the dead man there* 

That was the grandest funeral 

That ever passed on earth; 
But no mat-), heard the trampling 

Or saw the train go forth, 
Noiselessly as the daylight 

Comes back when night is done, 
And the crimson streak on ocean's cheek 

Grows into the great sun« 

Noiselessly as the springtime 
Her crown of verdure weaves, 

And all the trees on all the hills 
Open their thousand leaves; 

So without sound of music 
Or voice of them that rapt, 



Silently down the mountain's crown 
The great procession swept 9 

In that strange grave without a name 

Whence his uncoffined clay 
Shall break again* Oh wondrous thought, 

Before the Judgment day, 
And stand with glory wrapt around 

On hills he never trod, 
And speak of the strife that won our life 

With the incarnate Son of God. 

lonely grave in Moab's land! 

dark Beth-peor f s hill! 
Speak to these curious hearts of ours, 

And teach them to be still. 
God hath his mysteries of grace, 

Ways that we cannot tell; 
He hides them deep, like the hidden sleep 

Of him he loved so well. 

— Cecil Frances Alexander 


We, the members of the eastern district of the Old 
Brethren, have appointed a Love feast and Communion for 
April 30 and May 1 at the Wakarusa meeting house. The 
Lord willing, we are looking forward to a time of sweet 
fellowship and feeding upon' His Word. A hearty invita- 
tion is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, and 

friends. u -, . n 

— Melvin Coning 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 20, 21, and 22 at 
the Salida, California, meeting house. Friday will be • 
council dayj on Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost), there " 
will be public preaching] and on Saturday evening, the 
Communion service. A hearty invitation and welcome is 
extended to all our members and friends to attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 

It was a beautiful day in April, As I explored a 
thorny hedge near the edge of a lush pasture, a beau- 
tiful bird flew out. It was about the size of a robin 
but had a much longer tail. By its delicate brown and 
white streaks, I knew it to be a Brown Thrasher, a 
relative of the mockingbird. 

Knowing it was the time of year for nesting, I 
carefully searched in the Multiflora Rose hedge until 
I found the nest. This was not easy, for a wild rose 
hedge contains thousands of tiny sharp thorns, and the 
nest was several feet back into the woven tangle. 

"What a strange place for a nest," I thought. 
Don*t the thorns hurt the father and mother Thrashers 
as they visit their nest?" 

And then I knew. God had given the Thrashers the 
instinct to know that the thorny hedge was really a 
very safe place to r aise their babies l Their own feet 
were small, and could easily perch between the thorns 
of the hedge. But if an enemy, such as a cat or fox or 
large hawk, should come near the nest, those sharp 
thorns would help to keep it away from the baby birds. 

And the thought comes to me now that discipline, 
which is so necessary for young creatures of the wild 
and for young humans as well, can be well compared to 
those thorns of safety. The unpleasantness of disci- 
pline was also designed by an all-wise God, to help 
the young creature (or boy or girl) remember keenly a 
lesson that needs to be remembered. Like thorns of 
safety, the pain which seems so unnecessary is in fact 
a most wonderful blessing. --Stanley K. Brubaker 

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'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


Thou Lamb df God, by guilty man 
Arraigned at Pilate's judgment hall; ■ 
The prophecies by centuries span 
Now in sequence began to fall. 

The mob of men, excited to 
The pitch of hate and evil ways, 
Chimed in to try to see and do 
The fate foretold in former days* 

"His blood be on usl n loud they said, 
"Our children, too, here by our side." 
They sealed His fate upon His head; 
He for our sifts was crucified. 

For who can live beyond the vale 
To dwell in everlasting bliss 
Without His blood our sins avail? 
What love is this I What love is this! 

For while His blood was freely shed — 
Fell drop by drop upon the ground, 
The price was paid for every head, 
And full salvation freely found. 

And how for this our debt repay, 
He bought us by His precious blood 
To live in brighter glory day 
Close to our Saviour and our God. 

— Joseph I. Cover 

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n Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, 
and he shall presently give me more than twelve le^ 
gions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be 
fulfilled, that thus it must be?" (Matthew 26:53,54) 

With this knowledge we must all confess that surely 
Jesus 1 death was voluntary and sacrificialo He 
wouldn't have had to go to the crossc He would not 
have had to allow men to spit on Him, jerk out His 
beard, smite Him, flog Him, and crucify Him* But how 
then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled? 

Jesus 1 submission was not the usual pattern of men 
dealing with each other. The weak do not push and 
buffet the strong. The rich do not bow and yield to 
the poor. A man with an army behind him has and main- 
tains the power. Only in this way can we explain a 
Nero or a Hitler—they used the power available to 

Jesus had reasons why He bowed to the mob and did 
not call for the legions of angels. He stated one 
reason that includes many reasons: The Scriptures 
must be fulfilled* In discussing this we must remem- 
ber that God's plan came even before the Scriptures. 
Hebrews 4:3 says, "* * . although the works were fin- 
ished from the foundation of the world* 11 Revelation 
13:8: ". . * the Lamb slain from the foundation of 
the world. " Ephesians 1:4: "According as he hath 
chosen us in him before the foundation of the world 
* • • " The Scriptures were given to reveal God's plan 
and to serve to qualify or disqualify anyone who came 
claiming to fit that plan. Jesus must and did qualify 
by the fulfilling of the Scriptures* We can give only 
a few of the many. Psalm 22:7: "All they that see 
me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they 


shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that 
he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he 
delighted in him." Read Mark 15:29-32 to see how this 
was fulfilled and why He refused the deliverance of 
the angels to fulfill it. Much of Psalm 22 tells of 
Jesus' sufferings. 

Isaiah 50s6 foretells some of His miseries: "I 
gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them 
that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from 
shame and spitting." ("What He endured, who can 
tell?") Besides the prophecies of what Jesus would 
suffer personally, there are those He also fulfilled 
that tell of the new day for Israel when all men would 
be invited to be sons and daughters of God--all accom- 
plished through the New Covenant confirmed by the 
blood of Christ. Isaiah 53 speaks of this accomplish- 
ment as well as His personal sufferings* The Scrip- 
tures must be fulfilled. 

Jesus was jto make peace. The Eden-old controversy 
or alienation? between God and man must be settled here. 
"For it pleased the Father that in him should all ful- 
ness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood 
of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto him- 
self; bf him, I say, whether they be things in earth, 
or things in heaven." (Colossians 1:19,20) ". . . God 
was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not 
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath com- 
mitted unto us the word of reconciliation." (II Corin- 
thians 5:19) God was to be satisfied. "He shall see 
of tha travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied." 
(Isaiah 53:11? 

As a man He carried out the principle that He gave 
His followers: "But I say unto you, That ye resist 
not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right 
cheek, turn to him the other also*" (Matthew 5:39) 
Paul writes, Romans 12:21, "Be not overcome of evil, 
but overcome evil with good." I Peter 2:21.-23: "For 
even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suf- 
fered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should 
follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile 
found in his mouth: Who* when h^ was revised, xceviled 


not again$ when he suffered, he threatened not; but 
committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. 11 

What does this mean to us? Does He expect us Co 
act this way in imitation of Him? He doeso At the 
same time He said He could have called the army of 
angels, He told Peter who had cut off the servant's 
ear, M Put up again thy sword into his place: for all 
they that take the sword shall perish with the sword," 

There is a church group not far from us that is 
apparently in a struggle right now. The church doors 
have been locked against some of the members. Some 
have been disf ellowshipped, and there is fear that: 
even violeace will resulto Men down through the ages 
have had similar conflicts when Satan sowed discord 
and the spirit of retaliation prevailed. Not until 
at least some are willing to follow Jesus in His way 
will there be hope of reconciliation and peace in any 
conflict, no matter how large or small. The utter 
futility of solving anything with retaliation is wit- 
nessed by all the wars of history and their end of 
misery, death, and enmity* 

However greatly this principle applies in the 
Christian life, we know that Jesus was doing more than 
simply showing us how to act in persecution situations. 
He was making atonement for the sins of the world, 
and apparently there was no other way it could be 
done. He suffered all this for us. Jesus "was de- 
livered for our offences, and was raised again for 
our justification." Truly we should bow in adoration, 
gratitude, and worship to Him Who loved us and washed 
us from our sins in His own blood. To Him be glory 
both now and forever! --L.C. 


They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden 

where He prayed 5 
They led Him through the streets in shame. 
They spat upon the Saviour so pure and free 

from sin 5 
They said. "Crucify Himj He f s to blame." 


Upon His precious head they placed a crown 

of thorns; 
They laughed and said, "Behold the King." 
They struck Him and they cursed Him and 

mocked His holy name 
All alone He suffered everything. 

When they nailed Him to the Cross, His mother 

stood nearby; 
He said, "Woman, behold thy son!" 
He cried, "I thirst for water," but they 

gave Him none to drink. 
Then the sinful work of man was done. 

To the howling mob He yielded; He did not 

for mercy cry. 
The Cross of shame He took alone. 
And when He cried, "It's finished," He gave 

himself to die; 
Salvation's wondrous plan was done. 


He could have called ten thousand angels 
To destroy the world and set Him free. 
He could have called ten thousand angels, 
But He died alone for you and me. 

— Ray Overholt 


In doing some study on early church history, I was 
impressed and would like to share the following from 
Eerdman's Handbook to the History of C hristianity ; 

"The basic claim of the early Christians was that 
they had discovered a different way of life that was 
better than that offered by the non-Christian world. 
They believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah or 
Christ, and that He had freed them from their sins 
and transformed their lives through the power of the 
jjoly S,p'L>:i>t* They were, in the words of the apostle 


Paul, new creations in Christo They believed that 
theirs was a better way because it offered the be- 
liever forgiveness of sins, peace with God, hope for 
the future, a new and higher ethical standard, power 
to live up to that special ethical standard, and life 
after death* The Christian believers first loyalty 
was to Jesus Christ, and therefore the Christians 
practised a new ethic of love, even towards enemies* 
Christians emphasized concern for others rather than 
selfo Many of the early converts to the faith, such 
as Justin Martyr, were first attracted by the love 
they saw among believers* 

"Since their lifestyle was so radically different, 
Christians were almost automatically excluded from the 
mainstream of pagan society* Whan they refused to 
participate in the pageantry of imperial social life, 
or when they declined to engage in war, or when they 
rejected luxury and personal adornment, they were sus- 
pected of being anti-social and dangerous fanatics* 
Because they were so obviously different from non- 
Christians in the Roman worlds they soon were dubbed 
'the third race 1 * That is, they were regarded as 
neither pagan nor Jewish, but as a race apart. Lastly 
many early Christians considered earthly citizenship 
unimportant because they were citizens of heaven* 
Other Christians ignored political boundaries since 
they claimed God did not recognize them* 

"On the other hand, from the beginning Christians 
have also been concerned to give proper respect to 
duly constituted government as demonstrated by Paul 
in Romans chapter thirteen, where he seems to be ar- 
guing against anarchism* 

"The hallmarks of apostolic Christianity were sim- 
plicity, community, evangelism, and love* It was sim- 
ple because it had little or no formal organization, 
maintained no church buildings or membership rolls, 
taught easy to understand doctrines, and followed a 
plan of financing activities by personal giving* This 
simplicity appealed especially to the poor and op- 
pressed classes which could understand and participate 


without difficulty in the new faith* 

"In addition, the Christian emphasis on a community 
of love sealed by baptism appealed to many people who 
were otherwise without hope and desperately lonely* 
Many felt themselves adrift in a world grown too 
large, and they craved the type of intimate fellow^ 
shir offered by the Christian congregations*. The 
Christian community made no distinctions based upon 
race, nation, cultural status, slavery, freedom or 
sex. The Christian church was to be gathered from 
every nation, all tribes, peoples, and language 
groups* The sense of community was fostered by fre- 
quen: meetings for worship, study, sharing, and the 
celebration of a love feast called the agape* In 
short, the community of Christians gave many other- 
vise outcast people a real sense of identity and be- 
longing. Furthermore, the early Christians were ag- 
gressively evangelistic* They wanted to share their 
new found life in Christ with others less fortunate* 
They believed that Jesus was the Son of God and that 
He could do what He claimed* They wanted to spread 
to the entire world the good news of new life in 
Christ* They were certain that they were right and 
were convinced that they had found ultimate truth (or 
reality) and values in Jesus and His teachings * n 

In the above we find faith (belief, trust, convic- 
tion) and peace with God * Jesus said, "Peace I leave 
with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world 
giveth, give I unto you* Let not your heart be 
troubled, neither let it be afraid* 11 (John 14:27) 

In Christ we find hope for the future * "For we 
are saved by hope. * * n (Romans 8:24) 

We find a new and higher ethical code and love 
even for enemies -* "Ye have heard that it hath been 
said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine 
enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless 
them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, 
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and 
persecute you, . e " (Matthew 5:43,44) "A new com- 
mandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; 


as I have loved you <> c" (John 13:34) 

We f ind power to live the special ethical standard o 
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: 
and this is the victory that overcometh the world* 
even our faith." (I John 5:4) "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengthened me," (Philippians 


The Christian believer's first loyalty is to Jesus 
tJ l£ any man come to me, and hate not his father, and 
mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and 
sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my 
discipleo And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and 
come after me, cannot be my disciple* 11 (Luke 14:26,27) 

Their lifestyle was so radically different (non- 
conformity) o Our pattern should be from Jesus, not 
from the world* The darker the world gets, the 
brighter the Christian light will shine* !! I beseech 
you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that 
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, ac- 
ceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service* 
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye trans - 
f ormad by the renewing of your mind, that ye may 
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, 
will of God-" (Romans 12:1,2) "Wherefore come out 
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, 
and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive 
you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be 
my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty*" 
(II Corinthians 6:17,18) 

They declined to engage in war (nonresistance) * 
Since our citizenship is in heaven and we are stran- 
gers and pilgrims on earth and have been taught by our 
Saviour to love as He loved, to love even our enemies, 
it isn't consistent to take part in warfare and in 
shedding of blood*. Jesus came to save men, not to 
destroy them* And as Paul wrote to the Remans, 
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather 
give place unto wrath: for ^t is written, Vengeance 
is minej I will repay, saith the Lord* Therefore if 
thine enemy hunger, feed himj if he thirst, give him 


drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire 
on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome 
evil with good," (Romans 12:19-21) 

Christians emphasize simplicity of life . The above 
history states they rejected luxury and personal 
adornment and were considered fanatics., Surely the 
life and teachings of Jesus show a life of obedience 
to the Father, not living for the things of the world 
(which shall pass away) but laying up treasure in 
heaven, being rich towards Godo Peter says, "Whose 
adorning let it not be that outward adorning of 
plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of 
putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man 
of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even 
the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in 
the sight of God of great price," (I Peter 3:3,4) 
Jesus left the riches of heaven, was born in a manger, 
and said, "• • • Foxes have holes, and the birds of 
the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where 
to lay his head, 11 (Matthew 8:20) 

They are evangelistic * "For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life»" (John 3:16) How much did Jesus love 
us? He loved us so much that He died for us so we 
could have eternal life. How much are we concerned 
about the souls of our fellow men? This is a question 
we all need to ask ourselves, Jesus in speaking of 
the lost sheep that was found said, n I say unto you, 
that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner 
that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just 
persons, which need no repentance," (Luke 15:7) May 
our feet be "shod with the preparation of the gospel 
of peace," (Ephesiaris 6:15) 


Friend, I stand in judgment now 
And feel that you're to blame somehow. 
On earth I was with you day by day 
And never did you point the way. 


You knew the Lord in truth and glory, 
But never did you tell the story. 
My knowledge then was very dim; 
You could have led me safe to Him, 

Yes, I knew He T d made the earth 
But knew not of that second birth, 
And now I stand this day condemned 
Because you failed to mention Him. 

You taught me many things 9 that's true; 
I called you "friend" and trusted you. 
I learn now that it ? s too late; 
You could have kept me from this fate . 

We walked by day and talked by night, 
And yet you showed me not the light. 
You let me live, and love, and die 
And knew I'd never live on high. 

Yes, I called you "friend" in life 
And trusted you through joy and strife, 
And yet, on coming to this end, 
I cannot now call you my friend. 

— Poem Selected 
In Christian love, Kenneth Garber 

Hugh son, Calif. 



By using electricity, men are able to record sound 
and conversation on tape and play it back many times, 
as long as the tape is not erased. So why should we 
think it incredible that the Lord, through ministering 
spirits, would have a complete record of our lives and 
all our words? He has record of all except those por- 
tions He would erase, which He promises to do if we re- 
pent and turn to Him. Psalm 139 tells His wonderful 
insight into our lives: "0 Lord, thou hast searched me, 
and known me..." Jesus said not one sparrow is for- 
gotten. —Ernest Wagner 

/ , Modesto, California 



Kind women went with sweet ointment, 
Their hearts sad and full of gloom. 

Why do you weep? Christ does not sleep; 
He is risen from the tomb I 

"Who," wondered they, "will roll away 
The great stone from the grave T s door?" 

An angel said, "Christ is not dead; 
He is risen evermore I" 

With joy they heard the angel's word; 

God's message to them he gave: 
"Oh, do not fear; Christ is not here; 

He is risen from the gravel" 

Aloud proclaim the Saviour's fame; 

The wonderful news go tell; 
God's only Son, the Holy One, 

He is risen from dark belli 

Although Christ died, was crucified, 
On the cross His blood did shed; 

He ever lives, and life He gives; 
He is risen from the dead! 

Christ died for you; yes, it is true; 

He who believes never dies; 
Though you be dead, when Christ your Head 

Comes in glory, you will rise I 


Christ is risen from death's prison; 

He has set the prisoners free! 
He is risenl He is risenl 

Jesus lives eternally I 

— Hollis Edward Flora 
Greenville, Ohio 





"This short history of the domestic affairs of one 
particular family fitly follows the book of Judges 
(the events related here happening in the days of the 
judges), and fitly goes before the books of Samuel, 
because in the close it introduces Davido It relates 
not miracles nor laws, wars nor victories, nor the 
revolutions of states, but the affliction first and 
afterwards the comfort of Naomi, the conversion first 
and afterwards tl: - preferment of Ruth. The design of 
this book is, I, Zo lead to providence, to show us 
how conversant it is about our private concerns. 
IIo To lead to Christ, Who descended from Ruth, and 
part of Whose genealogy concludes the book, whence it 
is fetched into Matthew 1. In the conversion of Ruth 
the Moahitess, and the bringing of her into the ped- 
igree of the Messiah, we have a type of the calling 
of the Gentiles in due time into the fellowship of 
Christ Jesus our Lord. The afflictions of Naomi and 
Ruth we have an account of, chapter 1; instances of 
their industry and humility, chapter 2; the bringing 
of them Into an alliance with Boaz, chapter 3; and 
their happy settlement thereby, chapter 4. And let us 
remember the scene is laid in Bethlehem, the city 
where our Redeemer was born. 11 (Introduction to the 
Book of Ruth, from Matthew Henry 1 s Commentary ) 

This book is not exactly dated, but as our quote 
from Matthew Henry states, fits well into the period 
of the judges of Israel. The genealogy given down to 
King David would date it approximately. The ancient 
customs are also said to be well represented from this 
period. The concluding remarks were likely recorded 
after David became famous, and perhaps the whole book 
was recorded after David — either from older documents 
or from verbal family history. 

How thankful we can be for these ancient records 


that inspire us and testify so wonderfully to the 
faithfulness of our God and His continuing plans for 
the redemption of fallen men, --L.C. 


This poem appeared in the December, 1883 Vindicator, 
The poet is not named* 


The strangest difference I see, 
Lord, between the world and me, 
They in bloody strife and thronging, 
Righting everything by wronging; 
I am dwelling lonely, longing, 
Lord, for thee e 

They are fighting to be free, 
Groaning, shrieking, "Liberty!" 
Every one is in distress, or 
Crushing others — an oppressor? 
I am resting — my Redeemer, 
Thou shalt be« 

Planting greedily a tree, 
Envying whose the fruit shall be, 
Eating, drinking, parting, mating, 
Building, raging, reinstating, 
They are reigning, I am waiting, 
Lord, for thee« 

For the Vindicator (1883) 

Selected by John Schonwaid 

Five things observe with care: 
To whom you speak; 
Of whom you speak; 

And how, and when> and where. 

— William Norris 



I bore with thee long, weary days and nights, 

Through many pangs of heart, through many tears; 

I bore with thee, thy hardness, coldness, slights, ' 

For three and thirty years. 

Who else had dared for thee what I have dared? 
I plunged the depth most deep from bliss above; 
I not My flesh, I not My spirit spared: 
Give thou Me love for love. 

For th?-3 I thirsted in the daily drouth, 
For thee I trembled in the nightly frost; 
Much sweeter thou than honey to My mouth; 
Why wilt thou still be lost? 

I bore thee on My shoulders and rejoiced; 
Men only marked upon My shoulders borne 
The branding cross; and shouted hungry- voiced, 
Or wagged their heads in scorn ♦ 

Thee did nails grave upon My hands; thy name 
Did thorns for frontlets stamp between Mine eyes. 
I, Holy One, put on thy guilt and shame; 
I, God, Priest, Sacrifice. 

A thief upon My 'right hand and My left; 

Six hours alone, athirst, in misery; 

At length, in death, one smote My heart, and cleft 

A hiding place for thee. 

Nailed to the racking cross, than bed of down 
More dear, whereon to stretch Myself and sleep: 
So did I win a kingdom — share My crown; 
A harvest — come and reap, 

— Christina Rossetti 

Selected by Susie Wagner 



We, the members of the eastern district of the Old 
Brethren, have appointed a Love feast and Communion for 
April 30 and May 1 at the Wakarusa meeting house, The 
Lord willing, we are looking forward to a time of sweet 
fellowship and feeding upon His Word. A hearty invita- 
tion is extended to all of our brethren, sisters , and 

friends. . 

— Melvxn Coning 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 20, 21, and 22, at the 
Salida, California, meeting house. Friday will be 
council day; on Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost), there 
will be public preaching; and on Saturday evening, the 
Communion service. A hearty invitation and welcome is 
extended to all our members and friends to attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


MILLER — MILLER Marilyn and Bill Miller were married 
at MiWuk, California, on March 19, 1983. 


While. Adam slept in Eden, 
The Lord took from his side 

A rib from his own body 
To make for him a bride. 

When Jesus died on Calvary, 
Forth from his wounded side, 

Flowed crimson blood and water 
To buy the church, His bride. 

Selected from The Christian Example 


"Lessons From Nature 11 Series 


Have you ever heard a talking parrot? Weren f t you 
amazed as you listened to it saying phrases you could 
easily understand? How wonderful and humorous it is 
to see a little feathered creature opening his bill 
to squawk out human sounds! 

But did you stop to think that the bird probably 
understood very little about what he was saying? He 
had been carefully trained by long repetition to say 
the phrase, but he knew little of what he was saying! 

As humans, we may find ourselves doing the same 
thing. How easy it is to imitate others. How easy it 
is to memorize something and say it or sing it without 
paying attention to the meaning. How easy it is to be 
courteous, to say Please or Thank You without really 
feeling thankful. 

God loves sincerity. He admires and appreciates 
honest speaking, heartfelt singing, sincere living. 
One time Jesus proved to us that He accepts sincere 
praise from the smallest child. He was working mira- 
cles in the great temple at Jerusalem. People were ex- 
cited as they watched Him healing blind people and per- 
sons who could not walk. Like their parents, some lit- 
tle children began shouting "Hosanna to the son of 
David (Jesus)!" Jesus 1 enemies became upset at this; 
little children should be quiet in God f s church, they 
thought. But Jesus spoke to their hearts: "Yes, I 
hear them," He replied, "Haven f t you ever read, 'Out 
of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast per- 
fected praise?*" 

Because the little children were sincere, and not 
just "parroting" others, God rejoiced in their praise. 

. — Stanley K. Brubaker 

19201 Cherokee Rd 
Tuolumne^ Calif, 
953 79 


VOL. 30 MAY, 1983 NO. 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter mi 


Oh heavenly dove sant down 

Upon this sinful earth 
That we might wear a crown; 
The gift of second birth; 
On gliding wing 
From bright array 
Where angels sing 
In perfect day. 

Through riven sky and air 

The heavenly dove descends 
Down heaven 1 s golden stair. 
And soon His journey ends, 
With gentle wing 
And softer tread 
He lights to cling 
On Jesus' head, 

Guide us along the way. 

And woo us with Thy call, 
And if we go astray 

Restore us lest we fall. 
Be near to bless 
Unto the end 
In kind caress 
Be Thou our friend. 

— J. I. Cover 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor; Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they 
are the sons of God," (Romans 8:14) 

Led by the Spirit! Then we are followers* This we 
can accept with a sigh of relief. If we are followers 
then we can look to our Leader for the answers. We 
don*t need to carry the responsibility for explaining 
all the "whys", having all the understanding, giving 
all the directions*, We have a Leader and He leads us 
faithfully, powerfully, skillfully—if we are willing 
to follow. 

At this Pentecost season our thoughts turn to this 
powerful Spirit in the church today, and we long to 
know Him better and share His power and skill or at 
least learn to be better followers. From the flood of 
confusion in the world (no doubt coming from the mouth 
of Satan — Revelation 12:15) we must turn to God's word 
for this knowledge. The misconceptions are many. 

When we think of a spirit, we may think of some- 
thing not personal— an idea or a force or some strong 
influence. But Jesus said He would send the Comforter 
who would do certain things. He would speak; He would 
show; He would glorify Jesus? He would reprove or con- 
vince? and He would 'guide you into all truth". This 
is the work of a person— not an idea or even a force. 

Remember that God is all powerful and everywhere 
present. When ", , , the Father sent the Son to be 
the Saviour of the world" (I John 4:14), He was born 
and became a man. This apparently was not His state 
in glory with the Father,* He was not limited this way 
then, but He chose to come this way for us. When 
Jesus sent the Comforter (John 16:7), He did not send 
Him as a man but as a Spirit to guide and live with 
each one — not limited by a physical body, but "omni- 


This method of His coming is demonstrated at 
Pentecost when the visible tongues appeared "cloven" 
or divided and sat upon each of the worshipping be- 
lievers* The sound of the rushing mighty wind filling 
the house where the believers were ? also signified the 
presence of this mighty Spirit, The results were that 
each one was filled with this Spirit, spoke with new 
languages, and went forth to proclaim the Gospel of 
Jesus .Christ, Peter told the multitude that day, "For 
the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to 
all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our 
God shall call." Unlike Jesus, who, in His days of 
flesh, hardly left the land of Israel, the Holy Spirit 
would take up residence with all believers in every 
part of the world where they might be found. We are 
some of those "afar off" included in the promise., 

Ever since the Holy Spirit came, men have been try- 
ing to counterfeit His power, to buy it, to accuse one 
another of not having it, and in general to try to ; 
counteract this Spirit of God* It is only to be ex- 
pected since He is here to testify of Jesus and to 
effect the work of Him who came to destroy the works 
of the devil, John says that many false prophets are 
gone out into the world and that we are to try the 
spirits whether they are of God, The test is whether 
or not that spirit confesses that Jesus Christ is come 
in the flesh, Paul says in I Corinthians 12:3 that no 
one can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy 
Ghost and that no man speaking by the Spirit of God 
calleth Jesus accursed. 

In our human experience we meet people who are in- 
consistent^ — and perhaps we all are too much this way. 
The Holy Spirit, being a person of the Godhead, is 
consistent and dependable. His gifts, His corrections, 
His fruit are always good and right and true. He is 
the Spirit of truth and will always lead us into truth* 

Men apparently are led by some manner of spirit and 
this is why we are to try the spirits, Paul mentions 
the spirit of fear, the spirit of bondage and the 
Spirit of adoption which is the Holy Spirit, If we 
are led by one of these spirits we will show it. It 


reminds me of two of our calves that we let out on 
some good grass*. They grazed at first, but when a 
loud peal of thunder sounded overhead they bolted past 
us for the area where we didn't want them to go* They 
acted with fearo Perhaps we are like this if we are 
led by the wrong spirit • If we are led by the spirit 
of fear we will be fearful . If we are led by the 
spirit of bondage we will not have freedom*. But if 
we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will show the fruit 
of this Spirit which is always good: love, joy, 
peace, longsuf fering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law , 
Jesus once told His disciples when they wanted to 
call fire down on those who wouldn f t receive them: 
M Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of* For the 
Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to 
save themo" (Luke 9:55,56) May we be sensitive to 
this Holy Spirit sent to comfort us, guide us, and 
give us power to live for God*. May He live in us to 
inspire us to the right and the true and the holy 

- "■••LioLpcr 


What do we mean by revelation? Quite simply, we 
mean that we may answer yes to the question, "Has God 
spoken?" He has. He has made known to mankind His 
nature — His holiness, His justice, His demands of 
righteousness. He has also made known His goodness, 
His mercy > His love, His salvation, and the way of 
eternal life, Again, He has shown to man the results 
of sin, of wickedness, and of disobedience. All of 
this is recorded in the Bible. The Bible Is not the 
accumulated result*.of the meditations of men; it is 
not something they have discovered by themselves in 
their search for God. Some have spoken of the Bible 
as the highest attainment of men In their M upreach and 
outreach" toward God. But the Bible is more "than that. 
It is not the attainment of men at all... It is the 
wonderful result of God's "downreach" to man... 
By S. Edward Tesh in How We Got Our Bible. * # 



"And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he 
;;till taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good 
heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs* 
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and 
that which was written was upright, even words of 
truth* The words of the wise are as goads, and as 
nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are 
given from one shepherd*" (Ecclesiastes 12:9-11) 

This ancient preacher of three thousand years ago 
wisely prepared his sermons* He sought for words and 
proverbs of truth. He found what he wanted in the 
written books of Moses* They had great effect upon 
his hearers as he drove them, like a carpenter his 
nails, deep into the minds and hearts of his flock* 
He became an under- shepherd of the one great Shepherd* 
On and on he labored: now the stern preacher; now 
the gentle shepherd caring for the weak and for those 
inclined to go astray; but always with the same words 
of truth to build obedient and effective lives for God* 

The faithful shepherd passed on to his reward* But 
the words of truth remained, always sharp, always 
strong and ready for use* These sharp nails of truth 
can still be found in the writings of Moses* They 
were fastened by the "masters of assemblies" in Deuter- 
onomy 27 and 28* Later prophets were to hammer these 
same nails of truth into the hearts and minds of God's 

In our own spiritual heritage we have the names of 
"comeouter" preachers from the Roman church and the 
state churches* Long hidden and unused portions of 
scriptures became the nails of truth for these Spirit- 
anointed men and women* They risked their lives and 
fortunes, and many lost both. But the words of truth 
were established in written Bibles for the church and 
home and also in many faithful hearts* The persecuted 
church of the west finally found freedom of worship in 

From frontier hardships, the church passed into 


established groups with a comparative ease and com- 
fortable living in a few centuries. The preachers and 
shepherds of these groups found great concern over 
different views of Bible discipline*, 

In our freedom and ease we look for results • The 
total sum appeals to our business sense* Discipline 
is often thought of as correction or chastisement in- 
volving the bounds of forbearance and toleration* 
Church groups are often judged by what is allowed or 
prohibited by the assembly* How easy it is to pass 
trom searchers of the written word to be judges of one 

As Ghristian laymen, we must pray for the godly 
shepherds over God's flocks and also for "the Lord of 
:he harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest." 
Also, each layman who has a Bible and ability to read 
it incurs the responsibility and privilege to drive 
eternal nails of truth into the building of a Chris- 
tian testimony* The Christian assembly is usually 
composed of home units where the living words of God 
are taught and used as the standard for Christian 

Bible discipline first calls for each one to judge 
himself by the words of Jesus and of the Apostles* 
As disciples of Christ we will learn spiritual values* 

Jesus said, "Ye must be born again." And indeed 
the child must be born before it can be disciplined. 
God gives gentle, loving mothers to start the disci- 
plining process* Wise mothers and nurses start teach- 
ing discipline the" first day of a baby's life. 

Time is a disciplinary factor of life* Like the 
natural, newborn child, Christ's "babes" must learn to 
shape new habits into regular times* Ecclesiastes 
3:1: "To every thing there is a season, and a time 
to every purpose under the heaven* * *" 

Whether used as noun or verb, discipline is ever 
associated with instruction, education^ and training* 
It has pleased God to give us His Holy Spirit to 
point us to the Word of God for discipline* We are 
in His likeness with the capacity to understand and 


to obey His words* He has chastisements for us when 
we disobey. True children will receive the loving 
discipline from a kind Father in heaven. 

God's Word received by faith gives hope. Faith 
with hope brings the love of Christ into the hearts 
What joy! Without the joy of loving and being loved, 
the disciplinary process would soon become a dreary 
treadmill of constant repetition* 

God has equipped man with a will to carry out de- 
cisions. The first step in Christian discipline is 
to seek our heavenly Father's will that we might 
please Him and not ourselves* In this way we will 
bring forth fruit for the Father. "Herein is my 
Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall 
ye be my disciples." (John 15:8) 

Adversity, hardship and persecution are to deepen 
and to more fully develop the disciplining process. 
John 15:20: "Remember the word that I said unto you, 
The servant is not greater than his lord. If they 
have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if 
they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also." 

Correction, reproof, adversity, hardship and per- 
secution are all a part of making the disciple like 
his Master. 

There is also the Holy Ghost disciplining within. 
". . • He shall teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said 
unto you." (John 14:26) He is ever the reprover of 
all sin; a constant rebuke to our fallen, sinful na- 

Church discipline is primarily aimed at helping the 
disciple to be as his Master. The first line of 
church discipline is in preaching, teaching, and ex- 
hortation of the words of life. Modern inventions 
and modern ease of living have often served to alien- 
ate brethren into dissident groups, putting a strain 
on Christian love and close fellowship in Christ. 
Christ's warning comes to mind, "And the cares of 
this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the 
lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, 


and it becometh unfruitful." (Mark 4:19) We lose 
interest in the spiritual and temporal needs of our 
fellow men and close our hearts to our brethren in 

The disciplining process is to result in the fruits 
of the Spirit and also to minister to human and 
spiritual need. 

May God show us the need of this hour and give us 
the Christ love within to care and to share. " Thy 
words were founds and I did eat themg and thy word 
was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for 
I am called by thy name, Lord God of hosts ." 

(Jeremiah 15:16) 

— James Cover 

Modesto , California 


Is there some problem in your life to solve , 

Some passage seeming full of mystery? 
God knows , who brings the hidden things to light. 

He keeps the key. 

Is there some door closed by the Father 1 s hand" 
Which widely opened you had hoped to see? 

Trust God and wait — for when He shuts the door, 
He keeps the key. 

Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet, 
Or answered not. as you had thought 'twould be? 

God will make clear His purpose by and by. 
He keeps the key. 

Have patience with your God, your patient God, 
All wise, all knowing, no long tarrier He; 

And of the door of all thy future life 
He keeps the key. 

Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest, 
To know of every door, He keeps the key: 

That He at last, when just He sees 'tis best, 
Will give it thee. Anonymous 

Selected by Leona Mil^ "* 



I Every man upon the earth, 

In the span between his birth , 

I And the end of life below, 

Is building a house , we know. 

Building poor or building well, 
Building for heaven or hell; 
By the Lord*s eternal plan 
Or by sin with old Satan. 

They who build at God ! s command, 
Build a house to ever stand; 
They who build at Satan ! s call, 
Build a house, alas, to fall, 

Jesus Christ, God's Word fulfilled, 
Is the Rock on which to build; 
He l s the one sure foundation 
To build on for salvation! 

If we build on solid rock, 
Then our house will stand hard shock; 
Through the storms of life secure, 
It will evermore endure 1 

If we build on sinking sand, 
Then our house will never stand; 
When life f s storms against it beat, 
It will fall in great defeat I 



Oh let us, each one, take heed 
How we build by word and deed; 
May we all then watch and pray 
While we build our house todayi 

— Hollis Edward Flora 
Greenville, Ohio 




These are twc vital portions of our lives. They 
are so interwoven with the Spirit. We cannot add 
to the Scriptures. Jesus used the power of con- 
science to convict the men who brought the adulter- 
ous woman to Him. Also, we are told the blood of 
animals offered under the law could not clear the 
con science . It required the blood of Jesus Christ ♦ 
(See Hebrews, chapters 9 and 10.) The apostle tells 
us that baptism is not the putting away of the filth 
of the fleshy but the answer of a good cons cience 
toward God. (I Peter 3:21) 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto j California 


laar Lord; bless our mothers, the guardian angels of 

our childhood; 
The understanding and sympathetic guides of our 

The cherished and beloved companions of our maturity. 

God bless our mothers, who staunchly stand beside us 
In the hour of disaster and sorrow; 
Who unque stioningly believe in us when others 
criticize , doubt , and forsake. 

God bless our mothers who befriend us when all others 

desert us; 
Who ask no questions, but give freely of their love 
To soothe the hurts inflicted by an unloving world. 

God bless our mothers, who, even after death, 
Remain enshrined in cur hearts as the dearest and 

sweetest mortals we ever knew. 
God bless our mothers! 

— Author unknown 





This large portion of the Old Testament contains 
Israel 1 s history from the time of the Judges until the 
nation was taken into captivity by the Babylonian army 
of Nebuchadnezzar*, By this time the nation was divid- 
ed into the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The north- 
ern kingdom of Israel was actually defeated about 120 
years before Nebuchadnezzar overcame Judaho At that 
time the Assyrians with their capital at Ninevah were 
dominant. They took Israel (the ten tribes) captive 
under Sargon II about 721 B C a The kingdom of Judah 
fell to Babylon (the conquerors of Assyria) in var- 
ious battles and raids from 606-586 B.C. 

Eli and Samuel were the last Judges of Israel. 
Samuel anointed the first kings, Saul and David. 
Samuel could have written part of this first book 
(It begins with his birth.), but his death is recorded 
in I Samuel 28 „ The two books bear his name, no 
doubt, because of his importance as a judge, prophet 
and anointer of the first kings. II Samuel is a 
record of David 1 s reign as king. 

I and II Kings record the nation's history be-, 
ginning with the death of King David and the reigip. of 
his son Solomon. It describes the division of the 
kingdom under ReHoboam and Jeroboam, the decline of 
these nations and their eventual captivity because of 
their unfaithfulness to God. 

I and II Chronicles record only the history of 
Judah, considered the "faithful 11 part of the divided 
kingdom. Much of it had already been recorded in II 
Samuel and I and II Kings. Matthew Henry has this to 
say about these two books: "These books of Chronicles 
are in a great measure repetition; and yet there are 
no vain repetitions . We could ill spare them; for 
there are many most excellent useful things in th&m? 
which we find not elsewhere. • c The penman of ' L»*se 


books is supposed to be Ezra, that 'ready scribe in 
the law of the Lord*' (Ezra 7:6) These books are 
called in the Hebrew 'words of days 1 — journals or 
annals, because, by divine direction, collected out of 
some public and authentic records* The collection was 
made after the captivity. The Septuagint calls it a 
book 'of things left 1 , or overlooked, by the preceding 
historians* It is the rereward, the gathering host, 
of this sacred camp, which gathers up what remained, 
that nothing might be lost. . ." ( Matthew Henry's 
Commentary , page 434) 

II Chronicles, like II Kings, closes with the down- 
fall and captivity of King Zedekiah and the kingdom of 
Judah* But the lasc two long verses are like the 
first three of Ezra, telling of the decree of Cyrus 
the Persian king urging the Israelites to return to 
their land and rebuild their templeo This was given 
after seventy years of captivity in Babylon* The 
Medes and Persians had now conquered Babylon* And 
according to God's word by Jeremiah, the Israelites 
were to be allowed to return to their land and re- 
build their temple* — L*C* 


This article appeared in the February, 1883 
Vindicator * 


Never be worried by trifles* If a spider breaks 
his thread twenty times, twenty times will he repair 
it again* Make up your mind to do a thing, and you 
will do it* Fear not if troubles come upon you; keep 
up your spirits, though the day be a dark one* 

"Troubles never stop forever-- 
The darkest day will pass away*' 1 

If the sun is going down, look at the stars; if 
the earth is dark keep your eyes on heaven* With 


God's promise a man or a child may be cheerful* 

"Never despair when fog's in the air! 
A sunshiny morning will come without 

Mind what you run after* Never be content with a 
bubble that will burst, or a firework that will end 
in smoke and darkness- Get that which you can keep, 
and which is worth keeping* 

"Something sterling, that will stay 
When gold and silver fly away." 

Fight hard against a hasty temper* Anger will 
come, but resist stoutly,, A spark may set a house 
on fire, A fit of passion may give you cause to 
mourn all the days of your life* Never revenge an 

"He that revengeth knows no rest, 
The meek possess a peaceful breast*" 

If you have an enemy, act kindly to him, and make 
him your friend. You may not win him over at once, 
but try again* Let one kindness be followed by an- 
other until you have compassed your end* By little, 
great things are completed* 

"Water falling day by day, 
Wears the hardest rock away*" 

And so repeated kindness will soften a heart of 

Whatever you do, do it willingly* A boy that is 
whipped to school, never learns his lessons well* A 
man that is compelled to work, cares not how badly it 
is performed* He that pulls off his coat cheerfully, 
strips up his sleeves in earnest, and sings while he 
works, is the man for me* 

"A cheerful spirit gets on quick; 
A grumbler in the mud will stick*" 

Evil thoughts are worse enemies than lions and 
tigers, for we can keep out of the way of wild beasts. 


14 , 

but bad thoughts win their way everywhere. The cup 
that is full of good thoughts, bad thoughts find no 
room to enter* 

"Be on your guard and strive and pray 
To drive all evil thoughts away*" 

--Selected by John Schonwald 


My life shall touch a dozen lives 

before this day is done, 
Leave countless marks for good or ill 

ere sets this evening sun. 
Shall fair or foul its imprint prove 

on those my life shall hail? 
Shall benison my impress be? 

or shall a blight prevail? 

When to the last great reckoning 

the lives I meet must go, 
Shall this wee, fleeting touch of mine 

have added joy or woe? 
Shall He who looks their records o T er — 

of name and time and place — 
Say, "Here a blessed influence came, n 

From out each point of contact 

of my life with other lives 
Flows ever that which helps the one 

who for the summit strives, 
The troubled souls encountered — 

does it sweeten with its touch? 
Or does it more embitter those 

embittered overmuch? 

Does love in every hand clasp flow 

in sympathy 1 s caress? 
Do those that I have greeted know 

a newborn hopefulness? 


Are tolerance and charity 

the keynote of my song? 
As I go plodding onward with earth ! s 

eager and anxious throng? 

My life shall touch a million lives 

in some way ere I go 
From this dear world of struggles 

to the land I do not knew; 
So this the wish I always wish, 

the prayer I ever pray: 
Let my life help the other lives 

it touches by the way. 

Selected by Bertie Baker 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 20, 21, and 22 at the 
Salida, California, meeting house. Friday will be 
council day; en Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost), there 
will be public preaching; and on Saturday evening, the 
Communion service. A hearty invitation and welcome is 
extended to all our members and friends to attend. 

« — Joseph L. Cover 


We rejoiced with the angels when two more precious- 
souls, Jolene Huffman and Martha Wagner, were baptised 
April 17, 1983. 

— Hcllis Flora 



COVER* — SKIIES Jerry Cover and Martha Skiles were 
married on May 7, 19&3, near Wakarusa, Indiana, 

New address: 1929 2 Cherokee Rd. 

Tu#lumne, Calif, 95379 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 


Johnny 1 s Thunderstorm 

In dark of night , when people sleep, 
The clouds come stealing o'er the fields 
And Crash! a thunder shakes the ground 
And flashing lightning flares around, 
And little Johnny stirs his head, 
And tries to sleep within his bed* 

But Boo-o-m-m! and Crash! The heavens shout 

In solemn majesty of noisej 

And arcs of current light the skies 

As Johnny opens wide his eyes. 

The daggered streakings split the black, 

Accompanied by the thundercrack* 

Within his home no voice is heard 
As Johnny cringes in his bed* 
But soon all courage fails the mite, 
A-scattered through this noisy night, 
And from his room he's quick to trot 
"To Mother's arms where storms are not, 

Elihu once told Job that "God thundereth marvelous- 
iy with His voice" (Job 37:5a); not just small boys 
but hardened sinners should fear at this terrific dis- 
play of God's power. The voice of His thunder is 
small compared to the final noise at the end of the 
\tforld when the powers of the heavens will be shaken, 

God's children, "though, will have a refuge . If we 
run to God, He has promised to keep us safe from harnu 
--Stanle y K« Brubaker 

THE PILGRIK Sonora, Calif. 

192G1 Cherokee Rdo 
Tuolumne, Calif • 


VOL. 30 JUNE, 1983 NO. 6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


Our God, our help in ages past, 

Our hope for years to come; 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 

And our eternal home: 

Under the shadow of Thy throne 

Thy saints have dwelt secure; 
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, 

And our defence is sure. 

Before the hills in order stood, " • 

Or earth received her frame, 
From everlasting Thou art God, 

To endless years the same. 

Thy word commands our flesh to dust, 

"Return, ye sons of men l M 
All nations rose from earth at first, 

And turn to earth again. 

The busy tribes of flesh and blood, 

With all their lives and cares, 
Are carried downward by the flood, 

And lost in,, following years. 

A thousand ages, in Thy sight, 

Are like an evening gone; 
Short as the watch that ends the night, 

Before the rising sun. 

By Isaac Watts 

Selected by Amos Baker 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


What happens to us when we accept Christ as our 
Savior and are saved? Probably most any believer 
could give a good answer which probably would include 
the following: 

--Our sins are forgiveno 

--We have an Advocate Who pleads our case with the 

--We have the promise of eternal life in heaven 

with Jesus* 
--Satan no longer has a claim on our lives. 
--We become - new creatures. 
--We are indwelled with the Holy Ghost and the 

power which comes with Him* 
Of the above answers, I find the last one espe- 
cially interesting—that we receive spiritual power* 
Power for what purpose? Again, several answers might 

— Power to pray 

--Power to turn from sin 

--Power to put others before self and to love those 

who hate us 
--Power to heal the sick and perform miracles if 
it be God's will* The Scripture teaches us 
that we have the same Spirit that raised Jesus 
from the dead, that stilled the raging waters 
and caused a little girl to live again* 

Obviously, the power God indwells in us when we are 
saved is awesome* I doubt He intends for many of us 
to exhibit the last quality mentioned above* But if 
God has given us this power, and He has, then why? 
Why has He made us into a new creature? Why? 

Perhaps Acts 1:8 can give some insight. It reads, 
,! But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost 
is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me 


both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, 
and unto the uttermost part of the earth* 11 

God gives each believer his own special gift and 
calling perhaps as unique as our fingerprint. How- 
ever, the power of the Holy Ghost gives us one re- 
sponsibility in common--one commission He expects us 
all to perform. Namely, He gives all believers the 
ability and responsibility to witness of our Lord 
Jesus. This gift is designed to give our Lord the one 
fruit He expects from us all--SOULS. 

The Lord expects each one of His children to, if 
not actually lead an unbeliever into making a decision 
for Jesus, then at least to allow His power to plant 
the seed and fertilize it through us. 

The ability to be a powerful witness for Christ is 
developed through the study of God's Word and applying 
it in our lives. 

We can praise God that while we are growing in the 
Lord we can be effective witnesses by the way we act, 
dress, and by the places we go and with whom we asso- 
ciate. This is passive witnessing. There comes a *. 
point, however, when we graduate. Then we must heed 
Jesus 1 command, as Peter did, to go "feed my sheep" — 
win souls. 

Again we can be thankful that we need not travel 
far to fulfill this commission. 

— We can fulfill it at the front door as we speak 

to those who come to our home. 
--The gift can be exercised as we speak with the 

children who play with our children. 
--We can witness to those with whom we work and 

meet during the day* 
--Perhaps God wants us to work in a local nursing 
home, a rescue-mission, or a voluntary service 
These are examples of active witnessing. God ex- 
pects us to grow as we walk with Him. Active wit- 
nessing is one of the ways that God's children shox^ 
their maturity. 

Just as the young eagle must sometime spread its 
wings, stand at the edge of its nest and launch irnelS. 


from the security of its home into the vastness of an 
unknown element, so must we« 

We have nothing to fear as we take flight, "For God 
hath not given us the spirit of fear g but of power , 
and of love, and of a sound mind." (II Timothy 1 s 7 ) 

God has called His children the salt of the earth* 
But remember, salt does no good while it is still in 
the salt shaker. Through our active witnessing God 
is able to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ as He 

--John Schonwald 

Modesto, California 


n And he that saw it bare record, and his record is 
trues and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might 
believe." (John 19:35) 

John wrote this after he saw that Jesus fulfilled 
in detail at least three specific prophecies regarding 
His death on the cross. He told what he saw and knew. 
This is in essence what every believer should also do: 
bear true record regarding the work of the Saviour, 
our Lord Jesus Christ. Not only should we "bear re- 
cord" but we should bear it with the earnest desire 
that the hearers or readers might believe. We sense 
this desire in John's testimonyo 

Through the centuries men have recorded and retold 
what they saw and heard of the Lord. Enoch, according 
to Jude, testified of the Lord's coming with ten thou- 
sand saints to execute judgment . Noah was "a preacher 
of righteousness" in his time "when the wickedness of 
man was great in the earthJ' The prophet Amos wrote 
(3t 7, 8), "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he 
revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God 
hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" He also said he 
wasn't a prophet but a farmer, an ordinary man like 
the rest of us. "And the Lord took me as I followed 
the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy 


unto my people Israel. Now therefore hear thou the 
word of the Lord. . .» (7:15,15) So have faithful men 
of all ages born record in their times. 

John the Baptist had a particularly important tes- 
timony. He was to testify of the Lamb of God and ac- 
tually point Him out. He evidently had received this 
commission directly from God Who told him what to look 
for. John 1:32-34 says, "And John bare record, saying, 
I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, 
and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he 
that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto 
me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, 
and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth 
with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that 
this is the Son of God." 

Peter and John told the council when they commanded 
them not to teach or speak in the name of Jesus, 
"Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken 
unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot 
but speak the things which we have seen and heard ." 
(Acts 4:19,20) 

lie have many of the testimonies of God's faithful 
witnesses collected together as God's Word to us. We 
are to believe this record. Have you ever told of an 
event that you saw happen and had your listener say, 
"I don't believe it"? Perhaps you told it convincing- 
ly, really expecting to be believed. What an insulti 
And what an insult to God and to His record bearers if 
we refuse to believe! 

Paul wrote to Timothy (II Timothy 2:2), "And the 
things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, 
the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able 
to teach others also." This is the way the Gospel was 
spread. Notice Paul told Timothy to commit these 
things to faithful men. A faithful man, one who is 
known to tell only the truth, will more often be be- 
lievedo This is most important in our ox^n testimonies. 
If we are known to exaggerate or tell untruths, others 
will tend to doubt when we do tell something vital and 


T'le all know the story of the boy who cried "VJolf!" 
Herding the sheep alone and wanting excitement and 
attention, he gave the alarm that a wolf had come af- 
ter the sheep . Everyone came running to help, but 
there was no wolf Q He did this enough times that when 
the wolf really did come and he gave the alarm, no one 
believed him or responded*. It is important that our 
word be consistent and always the truth as we under- 
stand it. 

This principle is demonstrated in the business 
worldo Some, in hope of making a sale, tend to ex- 
aggerate the virtues of their merchandise or services. 
Some may believe all the claims., but eventually the 
truth will be known, and the reputation of the salesman 
will suffer. But if one is always consistent to tell 
things like they are, men will trust him, take his 
advice, and believe his word. In Proverbs 2Gsl4 
Solomon tells of the hypocrisy of those selling and 
buying^ If It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: 
but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth." This 
inconsistency in business is almost expected, but it 
is not expected of Christian people. Just recently a 
man gave as his excuse for not being in the church, 
the failure of some professed Christians to pay their 
bills. He was in business and knew some who could do 
better. He said, ,5 I will not be a hypocrite! I'd 
rather be a sinner than a hypocrite!" Of course, we 
know that to be either one is an insult to God when 
He has provided the way to be forgiven and to be made 
a new creature in Christ. And so our testimony must 
be true and our lives consistent. 

Besides being consistent and truthful, our testi- 
mony must be with love. Paul is a good example of 
one with a loving testimony. Hear him writing to the 
saints at Philippi (4:1): "Therefore, my brethren 
dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so 
stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved." When we 
warn, may it be with true love and hope for deliver- 
ance« Hay we not condemn or tear down, but may we 
lovingly beseech and plead as we would counsel our 
son or daughter or best friend. 


John, the author of our verse, empha sizes this 
love (which comes from God through the Spirit) in ail 
his writings. He evidently wrote toward the close of 
the first century and near the end of his own life, 
and he lived long* We find him still n bearing re- 
cord". In I John 5:11-13 he writes, "And this is the 
record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and 
this life is in his Son, He that hath the Son hath 
life | and he that hath not the Son of God hath not 
life. These things have I written unto you that be- 
lieve on the name of the Son of God 5 that ye may know 
that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on 
the name of the Son of God." Wouldn't it be wonder- 
ful if everyone would believe this record? Hay we, 
too, faithfully "bear record" to what Jesus Christ 
has done for us. --L.C. 


James and John wanted to be ministered unto. They 
wanted the chief places in Christ f s kingdom. (Hark 10: 
35-37) Uhen the others heard it, they were indignant. 
That was what they wanted. 

"Jesus called them to him." (Mark 10:42) Can you 
sense the tenderness and pathos in His voice? 

Earthly rulers, He told them, exercise lordship 
over others: "But so shall it not be among you: but 
whosoever will be great among you, shall be your min- 
ister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, 
shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man 
came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and 
to give his life a ransom for many " (Mark 10:42-45) 

Jesus did not incidentally minister; He came to 
minister—it was His set purpose. The Son of Man 
"came not to be ministered unto " 

This desire to be ministered to is at the bottom 
of disagreements in the nursery, fights at school, 
quarrels at home, even wars among nations. And unfor- 
tunately, this spirit also prevails in the church* 
As Christians, we fail to realize how much sin an 1 


failure, vexation and discontent, discord and un- 
happiness emerge from our desire to be ministered to* 

Ue become cross and indignant. We exhibit our 
temper. Sometimes we may exercise restraint — but our 
anger remains, Why? 

lie want to be ministered to--by people, circum- 
stances, fortune ("luck"), weather, • • We've been 
brought up to expect it. And if we are thwarted, as 
we often are, we get sulky, moody, nervous. In the 
end, we make ourselves and others miserable. 

Can you relate to any of the following situations? 

* You feel ignored, brushed aside . Your employer 
or employee doesn f t show you proper consideration, A 
neighbor doesn't treat you with respect. You're left 
feeling upset. Did the harsh feelings come because 
you were deprived of the privilege to minister? No 5 
they came because your rights, talents, position, 
dignity and importance were not reeognizedo You came 
to be ministered to but received nothing*, 

* A friend is praised or does better than you. 
The honor, success, money, popularity, reward have 
gone to hips but you wanted it. Because he has been 
ministered to and not you, you are jealous, 

* You've been kind to someone, rendering him a 
service that cost you something. Naturally, you 
thought your goodness would be appreciated. But it 
wasn't^ at least not as much as you thought it should 
have been, Uhile you expected profuse thanks, your 
friend took it cooly. You are disgusted. You wish 
you hadn't helped him. In your haste, you feel half 
inclined to say you'll never again do anybody a kind- 
ness, T;hy? You've ministered to someone, but you 
haven't been ministered to« 

* You're a person of excellent taste and sound 
judgment. But your advice has been ignored--perhaps 
it wasn't even asked for. Because you're an authority 
in that area, you can't understand why you weren't 
consulted. Your spirit is ruffled. Is the problem 
that your friend has now gotten himself into a sad 
mess? No, not at all. In fact, he hj.z managed very 


nicely without your help* The trouble is, you have 
not been acknowledged* Your reputation has not been 
ministered to c 

* You spoke in church on a special occasion., A 
good audience assembled, including a well-known and 
influential Christian man. At the close of the ser- 
vice, you felt extremely pleased with yourself and 
naturally expected your honored visitor to thank you 
"for such an interesting and moving message." But he 
quietly walked out. How disappointed you were. You 
had the opportunity to minister to many people* But 
in your heart you wanted the message to minister to 

* You are a professional, a successful businessman 
or woman. But your success has fallen short of your 
expectations. Daily it troubles you. Your desire 
for self-gratification has been thwarted. Again, you 
were not ministered to. 

* You competed in a race in school and were beaten. 
For weeks you never smiled. You had wanted the race 
to minister to yourself, for people to point to you 
and say, "He has achieved." To this day a bad feel- 
ing haunts you. Uhen beaten, you cannot enjoy the 
satisfaction of knowing that you have been the means 
of ministering to the x^inner. 

* You were engaged in Christian xtfork as a Sunday 
school teacher or church officer. But now you feel 
led to take a sabbatical. What prompted your deci- 
sion? Has your health failed? Are home duties more 
pressing? Has your opportunity to minister been with- 
drawn? No, none of these. You're tired of it. You 
thought it would interest you, give you a position in 
the church. You thought you would like it, and you 
did—for a while. As long as it ministered to you, 
you were willing to continue. 

* You are sharing an apartment with a friend. Your 
mutual happiness is interrupted by little jars. You 
are quick, but your friend is slow. You are econom- 
ical, but your friend is extravagant. You are punc- 
tual, but your friend is tardy* You are tidy 5 but 


your friend is sloppy* You face constant tension* 
Why? Because your desire to have things your own way 
is not ministered to* 

* Or perhaps you are a free-and-easy person* You 
become annoyed because your happy-go-lucky way is not 
ministered to* 

It's amazing what little things we let disturb us. 
It's rainingo A visitor drops by just as you're about 
to leave* The answer to your letter still hasn't 
come. Your request is denied* 

You're interrupted in the middle of an interesting 
book. A pen won't write*, Your dress doesn't fit. 
The fire won't burn*, Dinner is late* The children 
are noisy* 

If our happiness depends on our being ministered 
tc, we'll soon be fretting and fuming*. 

But ministering to another yields an entirely dif- 
ferent result* "It is more blessed to give than to 
receive." (Acts 20:35) In other words, we are happier 
to minister than to be ministered to. Furthermore, 
it is far more noble: "Uho soever will be chief among 
you, let him by your servant." (Matthew 20:27) 

A word of caution, however* The Lord Jesus does 
not encourage us to be like Stoics, denying our feel- 
ings. Ke will always experience annoyances and dis- 
appointments. But they need not upset us* 

Christ has already set the pace for us* He was so 
busy thinking of others that He had no time to think 
of Himself. But He is not saying we are never to be 
ministered to, always to be slighted, never to meet 
with success or reward* No harm comes from being 
ministered to. The Lord Himself was often ministered 
to, and He expressed His appreciation. The danger 
comes in always wanting to be served instead of serv- 
ing others. 

At the bottom of the trouble, in all its ramifica- 
tions, is self. This old enemy must be reckoned dead* 
Every time something goes wrong we are given a fresh 
opportunity to remember we have died with Christ* 
But reckoning self dead is not enough* Christ lives, 
and we can live in newness of life in Him* 


In our tiny measure, God gives us opportunity to 
devote our life to the glory of God, We get to come 
to our world for the same reason Christ came c As 
Christ lives His life in us, we're able to come fresh 
at each day--not to be ministered to, but to minister. 

By J. Ho Horsburgh 
From Moody Monthly 

Selected by Kenneth Martin 


Laid on Thine altar, my Lord Divine, 

Accept my gift this day, for Jesus 1 sake; 
I have no jewels to adorn Thy shrine, 

Nor any world-famed sacrifice to make; 
But here I bring within my trembling hands 

This will of mine, a thing that seemeth small, 
Yet Thou alone , Lord, canst understand 

How, when I yield Thee this, I yield Thee all. 

Hidden therein, Thy searching gaze can see 

Struggles of passion, visions of delight, 
All that I have, or fain would be. 

Deep loves, fond hopes, and longings infinite: 
It hath been wet with tears, and dimmed with sighs, 

Clenched in my grasp, till beauty hath it none: 
Now from Thy footstool, where it vanquished lies, 

The prayer ascandeth, "May Thy will be done.' 1 

Take it, Father, ere my courage fail, 

And merge it so in Thine own, that e'en 
If in some desperate hour my cries prevail, 

And Thou ?ive back my gift, it may have been 
So changed, so purified, so far have grown, 

So one with Thee, so filled with love Divine, 
I may not know or feel it as my own, 

But gaining back my will, may find it Thine. 

— Author unknown 




These three books conclude the "historical 11 section 
of the Old Testament. The events described take place 
after the Babylonian captivity continuing the account 
from the Chronicles,, We give here short paragraphs 
on each concerning dates and writers, all from the 
Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary , Merrill Co 
Tenney, General Editor; 


n The Book of Ezra is so named because Ezra is the 
principal person mentioned in it; possibly also be- 
cause he may be its author*, It does not in its en- 
tirety claim to be the work of Ezra, but Jewish tradi- 
tion says it is by him„ «, « Ezra's ministry is to be 
placed during the reign of Artaxerxes I (476-424 B«C«) 

'The Book of Ezra continues the narrative after 
Chronicles, and tells the story of the return from 
Babylon and the rebuilding of the temple* <, * 

n As sources for the writing of the book, the author 
used genealogical lists, letters, royal edicts, mem- 
oirs and chronicles* Some of these were official 
documents found in public records* This diversity of 
material accounts for the varied character of the 
style and the fact that it is written in both Hebrew 
and Aramaic, * * 

"The period covered is from 536 BoC« when the Jews 
returned to Jerusalem, to 458 B«C when Ezra came to 
Jerusalem to carry out his religious reforms* It 
thus covers a period of about 73 years, although the 
15 years between 535 and 520 and the 58 years between 
516 and 458 are practically a blank; so that we have 
a description of selected incidents, and not a con- 
tinuous record of the period*" 


"The Book of Nehemiah closes the history of the 


Biblical (Old Testament) record* Closely allied to 
the Book of Ezra, it was attached to it in the old 
Jewish reckoning. It gives the history and reforms 
of Nehemiah the governor from 444 to about 42G B.C." 

(Nehemiah is obviously the writer of this book*, 
He had a responsible position as n cupbearer M to King 
Artaxerxes and was appreciated and trusted by this 
king* The king granted Nehemiah 1 s request to be sent 
to Jerusalem to rebuild "the city of my fathers' sep- 
ulchres". -LoCo) 

"Nehemiah was a man of ability, courage, and ac- 
tion, Arriving at Jerusalem, he first privately sur- 
veyed the scene of rubble (2:1-16), and encouraged the 
rulers at Jerusalem with his report of answered prayer 
and the granting of the king's new decree (2:18) » 
Then he organized the community to carry out the ef- 
fort of rebuilding the broken-down wall. Courageously 
and squarely he met the opposition of men like San- 
ballat, Tobiah, and Geshem (who are all now known from 
non-Biblical documents) and at last he saw the wall 
completed in the brief span of 52 days (6:15)." 

(Nehemiah and Ezra were contemporary, but Ezra re- 
corded events beginning with the first return from 
Babylon some years before his time. Nehemiah as gov- 
ernor and Ezra as scribe worked together to institute 
much needed reforms in Israelo --L„C ) 


"The Book of Esther is the last of the historical 
books of the Old Testaments It was written after the 
death of King Ahasuerus (1G:2)« Most scholars agree 
that Ahasuerus was Xerxes who reigned 485 BoC. to 465 
B.C. Probably the book was written about 400 B.C C 
The author is unknown, but it is evident from the de- 
tails of the story that he was well acquainted with 
the Persian court life. The book of Esther has always 
been accepted as canonical by the Jews. . • 

"Outstanding peculiarities of the book are the com- 
plete absence of the name of God; the lack of any di- 
rect religious teaching; and no mention of prayer. 


These remarkable features can have occurred only by 
deliberate design. Probably the book was written for 
the Jews in the Persian empire as a story which could 
be circulated without danger of offending the people 
of that land who ruled over many Jews. 11 


This interesting poem was published in the August, 
1883 Vindicator , The author was not named, but it 
was selected by "CoLoC*", possibly Oliver Cover,, 


B patient, B prayerful, B humble, B mild, 

B wise as a Solon, B meek as a child; 

B studious, B thoughtful, B loving, B kind, 

B sure you make matter subservient to mind e 

B cautious, B prudent, B trustful, B true; 

B courteous to all men, B friendly with few„ 

B temperate in argument, pleasure and wine; 

B careful of conduct, of money, of time, 

B cheerful, B grateful, B hopeful, B firm, 

B peaceful, B nevolent — willing to learn; 

B courteous, B gentle, B liberal, B just, 

B gentle, B humble, B cause thou art dust c 

B penitent, circumspect, sound in the faith; 

B active, devoted, B faithful till death; 

B honest, B holy, transparent and pure; 

B dependent, B Christ-like and you 1 11 B secure,, 

--Selected by John Schonwald 

If For a just man falleth seven times and riseth up 
again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. n 

— Proverbs 24:16 

Through all our difficulties, God will be with us 
and lift us up — if we are His. Even a small setback 
of the wicked is disastrous because he has no helper. -I. 



On April 30, 1983, the Eastern District of the Old 
Brethren Church held a special council. Brother 
Claude Boone was advanced to the eldership and 
Brother Stanley Brubaker was advanced to the second 
degree of the ministry. May they and their companions, 
Carol and Janice, have the guidance of the Holy Spirit 
in their new duties. 

— Melvin Coning 

On the afternoon of May 20, 1983 > during our Annual 
Meeting, the Salida Congregation assembled to elect 
a new minister. Lloyd Wagner was chosen and installed. 
May both he and his wife Beth be faithful servants of 
the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


We of the Salida Congregation rejoiced greatly when 
another precious soul, Ben Cover, was received into 
our fellowship June 12 by a public confession of faith 
in Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism. May he be faithful 
and helpful in the kingdom of God. 

—Joseph L. Cover 


PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE. I will cite some Scrip- 
tures which I believe helpful to understand their 
importance: Romans*, chapter 5, verses 3 to 5 
Hebrews, chapter 12 
James, chapter 1, verses 2 to 5 
Revelation, chapter 3> verses 19 to 22 
I will not attempt to copy these Scriptures as I be- 
lieve the original texts are the safest guide, elimi- 
nating any chance of mistakes. 

— Ernest Wagner 


"Lessons From Nature" Series 

After watching our nest of robins for about two 
weeks, we were finding it rather humorous how crowded 
the nest was becoming. The little mud bowl that had 
been so large around the bright blue eggs and newly- 
hatched young birds soon became too small for four 
growing robins* Soon came the Saturday when we saw 
the birds almost stacked on top of each other (they 
were that big), and we watched them slip over the side 
of the nest one by one till the mud bowl was empty,, 

It makes us think of the sx^ift passing of time: 
how soon the family joys that we take for granted 
today will be gone. Children will leave our nest, and 
a certain wonderful part of our life will be gone* 
Here is a poem written a few years ago about some of 
these simple family joys: 


Some things there are that won't be matched: 

Like braids with little girls attached; 

A little son with tousled head| 

An infant, innocent, in bed; 

A little daughter's learning lisp, 

Her flashing smile and cherub kiss; 

An eager energetic lad 

Who pleads, "Can I go with you, Dad?" 
Yes, these are gifts so grand and good 
That God reserved for Parenthood. 

Yes, and the same gifts that make parents so joy- 
ful can make happy children too, in happy homes * 

--Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

192G1 Cherokee Road 
Tuolumne, Calif. 


VOL, 30 JULY, 1983 NO, 7 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


Be with me, Lord, each passing hour, 

And make me pure and true; 
Teach me to ne*er refuse Thy call, 

What e'er Thou bidd'st me do* 

Thou seest, dear Lord, my path in life; 

f Tis Thine to guide the way, 
f Tis mine obedience, Lord, to yield, 

And follow day by day* 

I would not ask to look beyond 

The present hour, Lord, 
Enough for me to hold Thy hand, 

And take Thee at Thy word. 

Full well I know Thou canst not err, 

So I will never fear, 
But in the darkest gloom of night, 

Still feel Thy presence near. 


Where e'er Thou biddst me go, dear Lord, 

What e'er Thou bidd'st me do, 
Make me obedient to Thy will, 

And teach me to be true. 

— M. Victor Staley 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Have you ever thought of a fable as a harmful 
thing? Probably most people think of Aesop's collec- 
tion of stories when they hear of fables. Many of 
them are harmless little tales in which animals act 
and talk and sometimes even teach a lesson* But fa- 
bles in the broader meaning can be harmful, especially 
if we have a steady diet of them — like trying to make 
sawdust our main food instead of wheat; after awhile 
our bodies would show the effects of the poor nutri- 

In Paul's references to fables, they are labeled as 
most harmful since they are used as the opposite of 
the truth* "And they shall turn away their ears from 
the truths and shall be turned unto fables." (II Tim- 
othy 4:4) He wrote this to Timothy describing the 
time to come in which sound doctrine would lose out in 
popularity ? and men would follow those who told them 
what they wanted to hear. 

So what is really meant in the New Testament by 
fables? 4 fable is by definition u a narrative in 
which animals and inanimate objects of nature are made 
to act and speak as if they are human beings. 11 The. 
Jews of that tima had many of these. The word is 
translated from the Greek "muthos" meaning myth or 
fiction-- something not true. Myths were usually asso- 
ciated with man's beliefs. Many were old and consid- 
ered by some reliable and true though the origin might 
be unknowjn and the content quite fantastic. With this 
in mind w?e can see why Paul was concerned that Timothy 
and Titus teach sound doctrine and stay with the truth 
and not give heed to Jewish fables. 

Why theft do we need warning against fables today? 
Do we not Jknow better than to believe those old myths? 
Hasn't evern science taught us beyond this gullibility 
of bellev£n i g everything we hear? Yas, bat Satan's 


modern counterpart of fables takes a different turn. 
Much of what is written and sold as books today is 
fable or fiction. Few would pretend that there is 
truth in it. Look at the titles and pictures of the 
books on any drug store or grocery book stand. The 
danger is not in the readers 1 believing this trash is 
true but in substituting it for the truth. 

Such is the amount of fiction produced today that 
it could possibly qualify as the fulfillment of Rev- 
elation 12:15,16: "And the serpent cast out of his 
mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might 
cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the 
earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, 
and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out 
of his mouth. " The world (earth?) in general is 
swallowing the flood of fiction in all its various 
forms: books, plays, shows, short stories, science 
fiction. One man told me that the science fiction 
field currently offers the most opportunity for a be- 
ginning fiction writer. 

As stated before, the danger for Christians is not 
that they will believe this flood of material but that 
in their reading they will substitute it for the truth. 
Fiction places no obligation to be believed or acted 
upon. It is entertainment. It is usually easy read- 
ing. It is usually absorbing and hard to quit read- 
ing--therefore all the more attractive and tempting. 

Truth requires action or decision. Especially the 
truth of God places obligation on the reader. It 
tells us of our duty. It tells us what we are — guilty, 
in need of our Saviour. It tells us to forsake the 
carnal, attractive "fun" things of this world and get 
serious about the truth. No wonder fiction is more 
appealing. Until we get sight of the great value in 
the truth--until we love it--we may have a struggle. 
But this struggle is worthwhile. When we really com- 
mit our lives to God and becbme new creatures in 
Christ, our desires and appetites will change, and we 
will hunger and thirst for the things that are true 
and lasting. 

Again, the danger in fiction or fables is in sub- 


stituting it for the truth in our reading* A steady 
I diet of novels and plays or shows, though obviously 
r. . untrue, plants in the mind (especially the young mind) 
false views of life* Who could be content with an 
"ordinary" romance and marriage when you have read 
about so many glamorous ones in fiction? In much of 
the fiction, life is glamorized in such a way that 
routine tasks or chores in real living seem dull and 
without thrill. In stories the hero may not be 
righteous* Evil triumphs in fiction* Many times 
good morals and sound teaching are ridiculed* History 
is distorted* Values are txvisted. Sawdust instead 
of wheat in the diet is perhaps too mild* Poison in 
our food would better represent much of the reading 
available today. 

What is the answer? Positive emphasis on the 
truth. Let the world have the trash* Seek out good 
reading for yourself and your children* Center your 
mental meals around the Word of God as the main 
course* Cut out the poison* I have read enough poor 
reading to know that it can remain in. the memory a 
long time* But so can the truth if we seek it and 
love it. 

Peter says, "For we have not followed cunningly 
devised fables, when we made known unto you the power 
and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye- 
witnesses of his majesty**' (II Peter 1:16) Those 
Bible writers wrote what they saw and knew to be true* 
Hay we more and more build our lives and our faith on 
the truth of God in His Word* — L*C« 


We are told by the writer of Hebrews, "Therefore 
we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things 
which we have heard, lest at any time we should let 
them slip* For if the word spoken by angels was sted- 
fast, and every transgression and disobedience re- 
ceived a just recompence of reward^ How chall we es- 
cape, if we neglect so great salvation vhich at the 


first began to be-spoken by the Lord, and was con- 
firmed unto us by them that heard himj God also 
bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, 
and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, 
according to his own will?" (Hebrews 2:1-4) 

I see in the above scripture the Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit in agreement as One* 

Paul tells us in the first chapter to the Romans 
(v. 16,17), "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of 
Christ ; for it jis the power of God unto sal vation to 
every one that believethj to the Jew first, and also 
to the Greek, For therein (the gospel) _is the right - 
eousnes s of God revealed from faith to faith: as it 
is written, The just shall live by faith*" 

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out 
into a place which he should after receive for an in- 
heritance, obeyed^ and he went out, not knowing whith- 
er he wentp" (Hebrews 11:8) Can we walk by faith 
seeking a better country which holds untold treasures 
for the faithful? We can't comprehend what it will 
be like, it will be so beautiful in all ways*. 

Salvation is a great inclusive word of the gospel- 
Salvation is by grace, through faith, to the believer 
in Jesus Christ* Salvation is offered to every person 
as Peter said after the Holy Spirit had come upon them, 
even to them afar off* 

When Paul was brought before King Agrippa and was 
permitted to speak for himself he said, "And now I 
stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made 
of God unto our fathers: Unto which promise our 
twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, 
hope to come* For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I 
am accused of the Jews*" (Acts 26:6,7) The voice had 
said to Paul as the light from heaven blinded him, 
"But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have ap- 
peared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a 
minister and a witness both of these things which thou 
hast s .nn, and of those things in the which I will ap- 
pear unto thees Delivering thee from the people, and 
from the Gentiles, unto whom I now send thee, To opon 


their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, 
and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may 
receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among 
them which are sanctified by faith that is in me," 
(Acts 26:16-18) 

"Paul (was) a servant of Jesus Christ, called to 
be an apostle, separated unto the gospe l of God , 
(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the 
holy scriptures,) Con c erning his Son Jesus Christ our 
Lord, which was made of the seed of David according 
to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with 
power, according to the spirit of -holiness, by the 
resurrection from the dead*' 1 (Romans 1:1»4) 

Paul testified that he was saying "none other 
things than those which the prophets and Moses did say 
should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he 
should be the first that should rise from the dead, 
and should shew light unto the people, and to the 
Gentiles." (Acts 26:22*23) This is the gospel of 
Christ, and it is given to all people, that all have 
the opportunity to come to the knowledge of the truth 
and live* 

Paul testified to the Colossian saints and faith- 
ful brethren that he did not cease to pray for them 
and desired that they "might be filled with the know- 
ledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual under- 
standings That (they) might walk worthy of the Lord 
unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, 
and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened 
with all might, according to his glorious power, unto 
all patience and longsuf f ering with joyfulriess; Giving 
thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be 
partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and 
hath translated us into the kingdom of his d?ar Son; 
In whom we have redemption through his blooc, even 
the forgiveness of sins " (Colossians 1:9-14) What a 
glorious gospel Paul preached! And it is the same 
gospel for us today*, 

If we willingly follow the preaching of this glori- 
ous gospel, we are translated into tlifi kingdom of his 


dear Son, out of the power of darkness into light, 
out of the power of Satan into the power of God. We 
don't have to let Satan have power over us because 
the promise is we can walk in the light of Jesus and 
be redeemed by His precious blood shed on Calvary for 
all men who will repent and be separated unto God, 

Jesus said to Mary, l! I am the resurrection, and the 
life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, 
yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth 
in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 1 ' (John 

"For as the Father hath life in himself^ so hath 
he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath 
given him authority to execute judgment also, because 
he is the Son of Man. Marvel not at this; for the 
hour is coming, in the which all that are in the 
graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; 
they that have done good, unto the resurrection of 
life; and they that have done evil, unto the resur- 
rection of damnation." (John 5:26-29) 

May we willingly serve our Lord Jesus Christ that 
we may be kept by the power of God through faith unto 
salvation«-"Receiving the end of your faith, even the 
salvation of your souls*" (I Peter 1:9) 

--Mary Lavy 

Camden, Indiana 


We give each of you an invitation to attend a wor- 
ship service with us in Brazil. Since that is an im- 
possibility for some of you, maybe you can attend with 
us in Spirit and try to imagine the setting here. 

We don't have a church building here, but we do 
have some people that are searching and wanting to 
hear the Word of God and find the real peace which 
only God can give. So we have our services in dif- 
ferent homes. 

Our worship service will be at a widow's tome this 
time by the name of Maria (or Mary in EngK' '*• Zhe 


lives in what we call the poorer section of town 
where the people have built wood slab homes on govern- 
ment property* Maria has a two-room home of wood 
slabs, tile roof 3 and dirt floor* There are no win- 
dows in this house and the light comes through the 
cracks between the wood slabs and the two doors * The 
kitchen where we have the services has a table, cup- 
board, a couple of chairs, and a Brazilian wood cook 
stove • Maria is a dear lady whom we all love and al- 
ways enjoy going to her home, and everyone feels wel- 
comed Maria appreciates company, too, and always 
cries when we leave* 

We arrive in town and to the place where Maria 
lives* We can't drive to Maria's house as the rains 
have washed the street out in places, and we have to 
be careful and watch even where we walk* We leave 
the car parked on the asphalt street and walk back to 
Maria's home* We don't look at the cars to see who 
has come for meeting today as no one else has a car* 
As we arrive at Maria's gate, we might see a bicycle 
or motorcycle, and the rest have walked from differ- 
ent parts of town, even some \\ miles, and some have 
come with us* We give each one our greetings and 
converse a little while* Then it's time for our wor- 
ship service to begin* 

We sit on chairs, stools, cans, boards, etc*, and 
if there are not enough seats for everyone, some 
stand* The hymn books and Bibles are passed out to 
the ones that can read, and since there are not 
enough for everyone, we'll need to share* The hymns 
are in Portuguese; -the Bible readings are read in 
English, then in Portuguese* Onaldo does the inter- 
preting from the English to the Portuguese language 
so the ones present can understand* It's different 
here because some have never grown up under the Bible 
teachings, and some can't read, and for some this is 
the first time they've ever heard the Word of God* 
What a blessed privilege it is that we have been 
raised in Christian homes and taught the Word of God! 
We hear words of encouragement and warning and the 
Scriptures explained, What a girsai Cod we serve es 


He can be everywhere at the same time! We can feel 
the Spirit here as you can there 

After the message there is time for questions and 
testimonies. Then after a hymn or two and prayer, 
the services are dismissed. We visit more, then the 
first car load is taken home while the others wait 
until the car returns for them. 

We silently thank God for being with us and our 
Brazilian loved ones at another worship service May 
you remember each of us in prayer and may God's Name 
be glorified and the Word of God brought to the ones 
that are searching and seeking Him. 

--Violet Flora 
Rio Verde 
Goias, Brazil 


You are hindered, slandered, troubled, misrepresent- 
ed and lied about. B-'d men make false statements, and 
good men believe them; and you find yourself condemned 
unheard, and cast out and scorned. And if you defend 
yourself you will be counted quarrelsome , and if you 
expose the hypocrisy of your assailants, they will put 
on the garb of injured innocence, and claim to be per- 
secuted for righteousness 1 sake, and you will find your 
last state worse than the first* 

What can you do? Rest in the Lord. Do not struggle 
like a horse in a snow drift, till you break everything 
to pieces. Do not. try to compete with Satan or his 
children in abuse or in railing accusations. Michael 
the archangel knew better than to do that. Wait on 
the Lord. Let liars lie. Let slanderers slander. 
The men who wrong you today will wrong someone else 
tomorrow, and sometime their evil deeds will come to 
light. The men who believed lies, and acted upon them, 
will by and by find that their turn has come, and the 
venomous tongue which has stung others will turn and 
sting them, and compel them to speak in their own de- 
fence. Do not fret. The tide will turn. Men will 


find out who lies and who tells the truth. And men 
who have climbed up by pulling others down, and who 
have sought to build their own houses by tearing down 
the houses of others , will see their hopes and plans 
end in ruin and in chaos, while dwellings of the 
faithful will stand secure upon a rock. The ^ide will 
turn: if not now, by and by; if not here, hereafter; 
if not in time, then in eternity; and we shall see 
that all things have their working for good for those 
who love the Lord, and who are called according to 
His purpose. 

Men who are right can afford to wait. Men who are 
to live forever need be in no hurry c Men who have 
God for their friend need not fear what man can do 
unto them. Wait on the Lord, Keep His way. Trust 
in Him at all times „ He will never leave nor forsake 
you, and by and by right will flourish and wrong will 
fail and die* 

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: 
fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in 
his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked de- 
vices to pass," (Psalm 37:7) 

— Selected by Bertie Baker 


I know not what the future holds, 

The days I have not planned. 
But I know who holds the future, 

And I know who holds my hand. 
He who hath led will lead 

All through the wilderness. 
He who hath fed will feed, 

He who hath blessed will bless. 
He will not leave nor delay, 

He never forgets His own. 
He who hath led will lead 

All the way home . 

-Hildur Christensen — Selected by Susie Wagner 



Is someone praying for me? 

I sometimes wish I knew. 

I wonder, because I never hear 

from people I see in church; 

their faces smile before me Sunday morning, 

but the rest of the week they're gone,, 

as if the vascillating wind claimed them, 

and carried them away 

to some deserted island; 

they evaporate, like morning daydreams, 

I know people are busy, 

and I know they have families and responsibilities, 

but if I didn't see those folks on Sunday 

I r d never know they were alive. 

Do we care about each other? 

Do they really want to know what I've been doing ■:* 

all week when they ask that question 

with Sunday concern? 

It's rough on a Monday morning; 

it sometimes seems like I'm the only Christian 

in a large, impersonal world. 

Yet, just the day before, there were 150 faces 

listening to a message of share, prayer, and care. 

Dear brethren, I need prayer too. 

— By Parmen Poulos Bergman 

Selected by Charles and Leona Miller 


How important it is that every word of God be ful- 
filled! Jesus, when* He hung on the cross, said, "I 
thirst/ 1 to remind His persecutors to give Him vinegar 
to drink. (John 19:28-30 and Psalm 69:21) Also, He 
expounded all the Scriptures concerning Himself to the 
two disciples on the Emmaus road. 

So we need to study all things that are written 
concerning us. —Ernest Wagner 

Modesto j California 



The book of Job deserves special notice by itself, 
as it is unique among the Bible books As we will 
see by our selections, the author is unknown and even 
the time of its writing is a mystery* But it has long 
been accepted as part of the inspired Word of God* 
Hew Testament writers refer to it and Job himself is 
rated with Noah and Daniel as men righteous before 
God* (Ezekiel 14:14) We will find it of special value 
in studying the reasons or ,! whys n of our difficulties 
and sufferings and the truths of God's sovereign power 
and mercy. 

From the introduction to the author's comments on 
the book of Job in Hatthaw Henry's Commentary , we have 
this selections 

"This book of Job stands by itself, is not con- 
nected with any other, and is therefore to be con- 
sidered alone. Many copies of the Hebrew Bible place 
it after the book of Psalms, and some after the Prov- 
erbs, which perhaps has given occasion to some learned 
men to imagine it to have been written by Isaiah or 
some of the later prophets. It is most fitly placed 
first in this collection of divine morals: also, be- 
ing doctrinal, it is proper to precede and introduce 
the book of Psalms^ which is devotional, and the book 
of Proverbs, which is practical; for how shall we wor- 
ship or obey a God whom we know not? As to this book, 

"We are sure that it is given by inspiration of 
God, though x^e are ijot certain who was the penman of 
it. The Jews, though no friends to Job, because he 
was a stranger to the commonwealth of Israel, yet, as 
faithful conservators of the oracles of God committed 
to them, always retained this book in their sacred 
canon. The history is referred to by one apostle 
(James 5:11) and one passage (ch. v 13) is quoted by 
another apostle, with the usual form of quoting scrip 


ture, It is written , I Corinthians 3:19« It seems 
most probable to me that Elihu was the penman of it, 
at least of the discourses, because (cho 32:15,16) he 
mingles the words of a historian with those of a dis- 
putant* If Job wrote it himself, some of the Jewish 
writers themselves own him a prophet among the Gen - 
tiles ; if Elihu, we find he had a spirit of prophecy 
which filled him with matter and constrained him , ch* 

"It is, for the substance of it, a true history, 
and not a romance, though the dialogues are poeticalo 
No doubt there was such a man as Jobs the prophet 
Ezekiel names him with Moah and Daniel* (Ezekial 14:14) 
The narrative we have here of his prosperity and 
piety, his strange afflictions and exemplary patience, 
the substance of his conferences with his friends, 
and God's discourse with him out of the whirlwind, 
with his return at length to a very prosperous con- 
dition, no doubt is exactly true, though the inspired 
penman is allowed the usual liberty of putting the 
matter of which Job and his friends discoursed into 
his own words* 

'It is very ancient, though we cannot fix the pre- 
cise time either when Job lived or when the book was 
written* So many, so evident, are its hoary hairs, 
the marks of its antiquity, that we have reason to 
think that holy Job was contemporary with Isaac and 
Jacobs though not coheir with them of the promise of 
the earthly Canaan, yet a joint-expectant with them 
°f t ^ ie better country , that is, the heavenly * Probab- 
ly he was of the posterity of Nahor, Abraham's brother 
whose first-born was JJz (Genesis 22:21), and in whose 
family religion was for some ages kept up, as appears, 
Genesis 31:53, where God is called, not only the God 
of Abraham, but the God of Nahor , He lived before 
the age of man was shortened to seventy or eighty, as 
it was in Moses's time, before sacrifices were con- 
fined to one altar, before the general apostasy of the 
nations from the knowledge and worship of the true 
God, and while yet there was no other idolatry known 


than the worship of the sun and moon, and that pun- 
ished by the judges, ch. 31:26-28, He lived while 
God was known by the name of God Almighty more than 
by the name of Jehovah ; for he -is called Shaddai — the 
Almighty , above thirty times in this book* . . And we 
have therefore reason to think that he lived before 
Moses, because here is no mention at all of the de- 
liverance of Israel out of Egypt, or the giving of 
the law. We conclude therefore that we are here got 
back to the patriarchal age, and, besides its author- 
ity, we receive this book with veneration for its 


This short poem to "the young" appeared in the 
October, 1883, Vindicator as a selection by H. L, 
King. Its message is just as fresh today as it was 
a century ago, 


Blest they who seek, 

While in their youth, 
With spirit meek, 

The way of truth. 

For them he bore 

His father 1 s frowns 
For them he wore 

The thorny crown. 

Nailed to the cross, 

Endured its pain, 
That his life*s loss 

Might be their gain. 

Then, haste to choose 

That better part; 
Nor ne'er refuse 

The Lord thy heart; 


Lest he declare, 

I know you not, 
And deep despair 

Will be your lot* 

--Selected by John Schonwald 


Jesus, Captain, God's Son above, 
Come down to earth in holy love; 
Safely lead me by heaven's light, 
In the great war for truth and right. 

Jesus, Captain, Saviour of men, 
Who bravely died to bear my sin; 
Bravely would I take up my cross, 
Counting all else but dung and loss* 

Je'sus, Captain, meek Prince of Peace, 
Your government in me increase; 
May Your peace rule my heart and mind 
To show God*s love to all mankind. 

Jesus, Captain, grand Lord of Lords, 
Whose soldiers fight with Spirit swords; 
In Your footsteps help me to tread, 
Clothed with the whole armour of God, 

Jesus, Captain, great King of Kings, 
For You may I forsake all things; 
To join Your army pure and white, 
And praise Your name in glory bright. 


Jesus, Captain,' faithful and true, 
Faithfully I will follow You 
Through the fires of tribulation, 
Perfect Captain of salvation I 

— Hollis Edward Flora 

"Lessons From Nature" Series 

High on the mountain peak, where the snow lies deep 
and the wind is so cold that trees refuse to grow, 
stands a handsome, wooly animal with strong, curving 
horns* Not just a thousand feet, but two miles, above 
the distant valleys, the white mountain goat walks and 
leaps easily on hie narrow trail. He seems to be com- 
pletely unafraid, as if he doesn't realize that one 
slip would send him sliding and rolling to his death, 
far below. 

On his one side, the mountain wall rises nearly 
straight up over his head; on the other he can see 
down past his feet to the empty spaces below. He 
balances here, jumps to another ledge there, and grips 
new footholds as he works his way along the trail. 

Somehow, up here where ice, snow, and cold blizzards 
make the slopes so dangerous and uninviting, the 
mountain goat is comfortable. He knows where the wind 
has swept the snow from the sweet green grass, and he 
look? fat and ^leek in his long white suit. 

The Psabawriter of the Bible, like ourselves, was 
impressed by God f s handiwork. In Psalm 10.4:24 he sings, 
M Q Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast 
thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches," 
And in verse 18 of the same Psalm, we read, "The high 
hills are a re f age for the wild goats J' 

Imagine I 4 refuge! The very slopes that seem too 
dangerous to live en are the ones that keep the gcat ! s 
enemies at a safe distance. And we too can grip the 
solid rock by staying close to God, so that our feet 
need never slip. —Stanley K. Brobaker 

Sonora, Calif - 
19201 Cherokee Rd, 
Tuftlumne, Calif. 


VOL. 30 AUGUST, 1983 NO. 8 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2.11 

"Sir, we would see Jesus. " — John 12:21 , 

"We would see Jesus," for the shadows lengthen 
Across the little landscape of our life; ' • 
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen 
For the last conflict in this mortal strife. 

t! We would see Jesus, " Rock of our salvation, 
Whereon our feet were set with sovereign grace; 
Not life, nor death, with all their agitation, 
Can thence remove us, gazing on his face. 

"We would see Jesus;" other lights are paling, 
Which for long years we did rejoice to see; 
The blessings of this sinful world are failing; 
We would not mourn them, in exchange for Thee. 

"We would see Jesus;" this is all we're needing, 
Strength, joy, and willingness come with the sight; 
We would see Jesus, dying, risen, pleading, 
Soon to return and , end this mortal night i 

— Anna B, Warner 

Selected from Christ in Song 

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Itfood in its various forms has also a variety of 
uses. It is a material tough, strong, and of compar- 
atively light weight* In our area it is abundant 
enough to use for fuel, but in some regions it is ex- 
tremely scarce. There are hardly any trees in all of 
Greenland and Antarctica and the vast desert regions. 

Perhaps we could draw some comparisons from var- 
ious kinds and uses of wood or trees. In some ways 
wood is like people--all classed the same in a general 
way, but having characteristics and purposes quite 

One of the best uses of wood is for lumber to build 
homes. Here we see the varieties straight-grained and 
tough. The wood from timber trees can be sawed and 
shaped, nailed and chiseled, painted or stained. 
Lumber is like the most useful Christians. They can 
be shaped and fitted by God, the iiaster Builder. 
They can fill a place of support completely hidden 
from view. Or they can show and shine with beauty 
and grace, just as the Builder wills and fashions 
them. They can be "pillars" as those Apostles and 
church leaders are called. These are the burden- 
bearers who support the weight of the building — give 
it the straight, square, and plumb lines. 

Then there are the shingles and siding lumber. 
These Christians bear the weather--the wind and rain 
and the heat of thie day. They are durable and tight 
and placed to hold fast against the storms because 
they are supported by the pillars and, beyond that, 
by the sure foundation, Jesus Christ. 

Another class of useful wood is firewood. This 
usually hasn f t the strength and straightness of lum- 
ber, but it serves an important purpose: it warms the 
home. Perhaps many of us are like this. I think es- 
pecially of the sisters— the mothers, grandmothers, 


and aunts — who warm and comfort and cheer o While the 
pillars are supporting and the protectors are turning 
the storms, these are warming and comforting within* 
Without them, we would be cold and stiff and perhaps 
unf riendly. 

The other class could be driftwood that clutters 
the beaches and river sideso It is carried with the 
waves, the currents, and the tides— "tossed about" by 
wind and storm* We could compare here the ungodly — 
the unbelievers, the unfaithful.. They lack purpose 
in the world, having no place or use in the kingdom 
of Christ* Much driftwood is too rough or too rotten 
to use and too wet to burn* It serves to pollute and 
clog and hinder* It has no stability or foundation* 
"The ungodly * * * are like the chaff which the wind 
driveth away*" (Psalm 1:4) 

What are we? Are we like good lumber that God can 
use in one way or another in His building? Are we 
like firewood to "spend and be spent" comforting, 
warming, cheering others? Or are we like driftwood 
tossed on the waves of life, without purpose, carried 
and deposited — who knows where — to become an eyesore 
or pollution on the shore? May God help us to see 
ourselves--to be yielded to Him and useable* Even 
driftwood can be rescued, changed, and used as an ob- 
ject of beauty by the wise ilaster of earth and seas 
and building materials* 

Simple things which God created . ' 
Teach us lessons complicated; 
Show us where. we doubt and fail, 
Also how we can prevail* 

Take the trees God made of wood, 

Straight and tough and very good, 

When cut to the ground and sawed and fitted 

Become a building square and pitted — 

Against all storms of snow and wind, 
Tight arid sound and warmed within* 
The redeemed are like this building wood, 
Supporting, shielding, promoting good* 


They warm and cheer and hold things fast, 
Upholding each other to the very last. 
Making a home where Christ can dwell, 
Galling the weary from death and hello 

But some trees are driftwood on the shore, 
Polluting and clogging and showing us more 
Of human nature when left to drift 
That finally fails on sands that shift* 

Jesus can rescue wrecks of timei 
He can make our lives sublime; 
By His atonement and life of good 
He can save the worst driftwood* 



These are the two main senses to obtain food for 
the soul. Jesus said, "Blessed are they which do 
hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they 
shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6) Also in John 8:31, 
32 we read "If ye continue in my word, then are ye 
my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, 
and the truth shall make you free. 11 

Today, with many diverse theories and doctrines, 
what do we tune our ears to hear? 


After His disciples had followed Him for a consider- 
able portion of His ministry, Jesus reproved them, say- 
ing: " ... Perceive ye" not yet, neither understand? have 
ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? 
and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 
(Mark 8:17,18) Are we awake and understand the time 
in which we live? "Wisdom is the principal thing; 
therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get 

understanding." (Proverbs 4:7) Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and 
arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but 
as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are 
evil*" (Ephesians 5:14-16) 

Colossians 4:5 tells us to "Walk in wisdom toward 
them that are without, redeeming the time*," Many 
verses refer to our walk as Christians* And this is 
the burden of this writer, that we might examine our 
walk to see if it be a light or darkness to others* 

The words we have chosen for our title were written 
in a letter from a dear loved one recently, and I 
thought the subject couJd be enlarged upon,. As time 
draws to a close, we should fill the gaps in our 
lives with diligencel It has not been so long since 
God gave us a New Year, a new slate, clean and un- 
marred* And much depends upon our walk as Christians* 
The Bible speaks of walking worthy of our vocation 
and before God, walking in newness of life, and walk- 
ing in the light and not in darkness, that we might 
have fellowship one with another* Also, we are in- 
structed to "walk not after the flesh, but after the 
Spirit*" I Thessalonians 4:1 says, "* * * ye have 
received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, 
so ye would abound more and more*" Verse 12 says, 
"that ye may walk honestly toward them that are with- 

Philippians 3:1"8 warns us about those who walk who 
"are the enemies of the cross of Christ," but verse 20 
says, "For our conversation (walk, manner of living) 
is in Heaven*" II Peter 3 refers to the last times, 
and verse 11 says, "Seeing then that all these things 
shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye 
to be in all holy conversation and godliness*" Verse 
17 says, "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing you know these 
things before, beware lest ye also, being led away 
with the error of the wicked, fall from your own sted- 


Much could be written on walking, growing, putting 
off , or mortifying and putting on, Colossians 3 is 
one chapter that deals with these at lengtho Those 
of us who have been redeemed carry a big responsibil- 
ity toward others, and God through His Son and the 
Holy Spirit can help us in shouldering it* 

True Christian service is prompted by love for 
Christ and love for the brethreno If we let our light 
shine* God will put it where it can be seen* 

Let us fill the gaps and rededicate ourselves to 
the "faith of our fathers"* It is faithfulness that 
counts! The memory of the past can be both a joy and 
a spur*, The Church is Christ's Body, and we should 
love, respect, and obey Him* A good test of the gen- 
uineness of our faith is to ask, "Would I be willing 
to die for Him? If I should be called upon either to 
give my life or to renounce my convictions, which 
would it be?" What an impact believers would make if 
they spoke with such assurance that all could see and 
believe their faith was "worth dying for"! 

We must suffer for the cause of Christ, or the 
cause of Christ will suffer! Do not be discouraged by 
opposition! Believe that God will bless the truth, 
then be sustained by His grace to carry on for His 

The first lesson of a soldier is to learn absolute 
obedience to his superior officer*, Likewise is it 
with Christ*, We cannot defeat the enemy if our sword-- 
the Bible--is rusty e Then let us fill the gaps and 
read the Bible more, that we might get more of the 
Bible into us! It is not necessary for a Christian to 
suffer from spiritual malnutrition* To refuse the 
provision of God's Word is to suffer malnutrition and 
to become weak in the Christian life* How thankful 
we should be for our Bibles! Some are denied the 

The gaps need to be filled with true Christian joy. 
Psalm 100 begins, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, 
all ye lands* Serve the Lord with gladness * n We need 
Christian joy in our walko God delights in joy, and 
He desires that His people be trustful and happy* The 


Christian walk is not drudgery . The joy of the Lord 
is our strength! 

The spirit of our walk is determined by our atti- 
tude toward our brethren and elders as they rule in 
love over us, and this attitude makes all the differ- 
ence between whether or not we have Christian joy. 
Hebrews 13:17 says, "Obey them that have the rule 
over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for 
your souls, as they that must give account, that they 


Faith is the eye that sees God, 

No matter how dark the day. 
Faith is the hand that holds Him 

On the steep and rugged way* 

Faith is the heart rejoicings- 
Accepting God's promise true* 

Faith is the ear that listens, 

To the voice that speaks to you. 

Faith refuses to doubt Him, 

Though others are filled with fear, 
Faith is believing the Word, 

And knowing that God is near. 

Selected by Susie Wagner 

may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is 
unprofitable for you." Are we keeping our vows to 
God? We need to refresh our memories as we consider 
our baptismal vows and the questions that are asked 
on the yearly visit. 

Believer, rejoice! Remember, you are no more a 
servant, but a son, now reborn to serve. There is no 
slavery like sin, and no liberty like God's service. 
Some people carry their religion on their backs like 
a burden, while true Christians carry it in their 
hearts like a song! 

Let us fill the gaps, that we might grow in r/raca. 


The conversion of a soul is the miracle of the moments 
the growth of a saint is the task of a lifetime « It 
is our business to look at things from a divine stand- 
pointo Many things may be quite consistent for a 
worldly man to do which a believer should not touch 
at all 9 simply because he is a Christian., In a word 
of standard the test is, n Is it consistent with the 
Word of God and with my testimony for Christ?' 1 Our 
lives constantly manifest what we truly think of 
Christ* Our everyday life should reflect a difference 
that makes our decisions for Christ seem normal to 
our friends* The world wants good mixers, but God 
wants good separators! 

We need to fill the gaps by being watchful against 
deception* It is the prominent problem of these last 
times* Indeed, we all need to be reminded again and 
again of the adversary's presence and his primary 
business in the world today. Recognition of this 
reality is a defense in itselfo In Ephesians 6:10-18 
we read, among other things, M Put on the whole armor 
of Godo • o For we wrestle not against flesh and 
blood, but against principalities, against powers, 
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, 
against spiritual wickedness in high places*." 

The devil is our enemy, and his aim is to rob us 
of our faith in God as our Fatherc A little girl was 
given a card on which was written, n Have faith in 
God* n On the way home from church, a gust of wind 
blew it out the window* She cried, "Stop the car; 
I've lost my faith in God*" and we can be like that* 
The devil can send a strong wind of circumstances, 
and we lose our faith* God wants to develop strong 
Christian character in us* We should be conformed to 
the image of His Son, and He knows the means to ac- 
complish this endc 

The devil is pleased to deceive us* He will take 
a truth and distort it into a lie* If it were possi- 
ble, he would deceive the very elect* Satan does not 
usually draw men with chafing, heavy ropes. Rather, 
he uses slippery, silken cords* The thought, "This or 


that does not matter," is dangerous*. We need to ask, 
"Where does it lead to?" "Be not deceived; God is 
not mockeds for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall 

I he also reap*" 

Yes, His sheep know His voice and follow Hinu 

V There are many misleading and deceiving voices in the 
land today* How thankful we should be that we who are 
conversant with His Holy Word know the Master's voice! 
And we need not be led astray* Remember, the closer 
we walk with the Shepherd, the further we will be from 
the wo If « 

But let us beware! The most difficult kind of 
honesty is being honest with oneself* Spiritual over- 
confidence is the first step on the path to backslid- 
ing* It frightens me when I hear someone call someone 
else spiritual* It may well be they are, but a danger 
is there! The world and unbelievers will see for them- 
selves* We do not have to tell them c When it comes 
to salvation, profession is no substitute for posses- 

Let us fill the gaps and do little kindnesses, such 
as visiting and encouraging others and giving them a 
helping hand* James 1:27 tells us "to visit the fa- 
therless and widows," and Matthew 25:35,36 refers to 
the sick and needy* It is a command, but how we neg- 
lect it! I see the great lack in my own life* Kind- 
ness starts at home* How often we neglect the word 
of encouragement or the deserved commendation! It is 
so easy to criticize* We not only reap what we sow, 
but the harvest is always greater than the original 
planting. Although seed may be sown in secret, the 
harvest cannot be concealedo 

Today we need to watch the little sins, the hasty 
or unkind word, thought, or look*, Let us be on guard 

/ for the little "foxes" of selfishness, pride, and 

covetousness* By all means, let us watch the little 

I irritations* Little things are important* We stumble 
on pebbles rather than mountains* Human kindness oils 
the wheels of life! 

Above all, let us watch that little member, the 


tongue! Gossip is gossip • We should call it by the 
right name. And a white lie is a lie Jarses 3 tells 
us all about this little member we each have that no 
man can tame* We need Christ to help us do the job 
Gossip is a universal sin. It is like sof: soap — 
mostly liel 

Perhaps at times I criticize because there is 
something wrong with me* One has to have discernment 
to be able to make a fair judgment of people and 
thingSo And this discernment can be of great value 
as it develops through experience and observation* 
But destructive criticism—the habit of belittling 
anything or person not to our particular ilking—is 
an indication of small-mindedness. The quickest way 
to help others is to fall on our knees. 

Let us fill the gaps and root out besetring sins. 
(Hebrews 12:1) They are the ones for which we do not 
xtfish to respond, to which our thoughts run the most, 
and for which we can find abundant excuses* The 
fault that we try to persuade ourselves is just a 
natural infirmity is the sin that must be given up, 
or it will surely sap our spiritual energy and de- 
stroy our witness* 

Sin is sin„ We must not change the label. The 
milder we make the label, the more dangerous will be 
the poison* Let us not wallow in the enjoyment of 
our besetting sins! Determination, tenacity, per- 
severance, and prayer are necessary for success. Our 
neglected confessibns will have to be met face to 
face with our Lord. How much better it is to take 
care of them now! Covered sins brew misery; con- 
fessed sins distill forgiveness. (To be concluded 
next issue,) By 'Barbara Basore 

Selected by Marvin and Ruth Cramer 
from The Vindicator , iiarch, 1985 

One who is afraid of lying is usually afraid of 
nothing else. Selected 



PHOEBA ANN MORRIS , daughter of Jonas and Lucinda 
Ellen (Hiller) Flora, was born March 14, 1891, in 
Macon County, Illinois, moving with her parents to 
Carroll County, Indiana, as a small child where she 
spent the remainder of her life* 

She departed this life July 9, 1933, making her 
life span 92 years, 3 months and 25 days* 

On February 16, 1921, she was united in marriage 
with James E* Morris* To this union were born three 
sons and three daughters* She was preceded in death 
by her husband on August 12, 1954; a son, Jonas, on 
December 13, 1971} a stepgrandson in February 20, 1982« 
Two sons and one daughter died in infancy* 

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Ellen Lavy, with 
her companion, Andrew, and Emma Marie Smith; a daugh- 
ter-in-law, Alice Morris; a stepson, Fred Morris, with 
his companion, Irene; a stepdaughter, Eunice Koopes, 
with her companion, George; nine grandchildren j four 
great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; one sis- 
ter, Flossie Rumble; one brother, Amos Brubaker; one 
half sister, Edith Bruchey; and one stepsister, Mary 

Five brothers, one half brother, and one half sister 
are also deceased* 

She was baptized at an early age, always desiring 
to follow her Master throughout her earthly pilgrimage* 
She was a member of the Old Brethren German Baptist 

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 12, at 
10:00 a*m* at the Old Brethren German Baptist meeting 
house near Camden by^ the home brethren* Text used was 
taken from II Corinthians 5* Kymns used were 522, 
384, 409, 439, and 410* Her body was laid to rest in 
Mussleman Cemetery to await the resurrection call* 

--The Family 




This group of books along with Job is known as the 
"poetical books". Their authorship is well estab- 
lished, and they have long been used by God's people 
as counsel for daily life and for inspiration and 
direction in worship. We give here two selections 
describing these precious Biblical books, 


"In the titles, seventy-three Psalms are ascribed 
to David; twelve to Asaph; eleven to the sons of 
Korah; two to Solomon (72, 127) ; one to Moses (90); 
one to Ethan (89); fifty are anonymous . 

"Some of the anonymous Psalms may, it is thought, 
be ascribed to the author of the preceding Psalm* 
David, no doubt, was author of some of the anonymous 

"The titles are not a certain indication of author- 
ship; for 'of 1 , 'to 1 , and 'for 1 are the same preposi- 
tion in Hebrew* A Psalm 'of 1 David may have been one 
that he himself wrote, or that was written 'for 1 
David, or dedicated 'to* David, 

"However, the titles are very ancient, and the 
most natural presumption is that they indicate author- 
ship. The age-old, universal and unbroken cradition 
is that David was the principal author of the Psalms. 

"Some modern critics have made a desperate effort 
to read David out of the picture. But there is every 
reason to accept, and no substantial reason to ques- 
tion, the Book of Psalms as quite largely the work of 
David. The New Testament so recognizes it. 

"So, we speak of the Psalms as the Psalms of David, 
because he was the principal writer or compiler. It 
is generally accepted that a few were in existence 
before David's time, forming the nucleus of a hymnal 
for worshipo This was greatly enlarged by David, 
added to from generation to generation^ and $ it is 


thought, brought to completion in its present form by 

Ezra ° * ° U — Halley's Bible Handbook 


M A new author, made use of by the Holy Ghost for 
making known the mind of God to us, is Solomon; 
through his hand came this book of Scripture and the 
two that follow it, Ecclesiastes and Canticles (Song 
of Solomon), a sermon and a song„ Some think he wrote 
Canticles when he was very young, Proverbs in the 
midst of his days, and Ecclesiastes when he was old* 
He was a king and a king's son c The penmen of Scrip- 
ture, hitherto, were most of them men of rank in the 
world, as Moses and Joshua, Samuel and David, and now 
Solomon; but, after him, the inspired writers were 
generally poor prophets, men of no figure in the world, 
because that dispensation was approaching in which God 
would choose the weak and foolish things of the world 
to confound the wise and mighty, and the poor should 
be employed to evangelizeo Solomon was a very rich 
king, and his dominions were very large, and yet he 
was a prophet and a prophet's son* He was one whom 
God endued with extraordinary measures of wisdom and 
knowledge, in answer to his prayers at his accession 
to the throne « His prayer was exemplary: 'Give me a 
wise and an understanding heart;' the answer to it was 
encouraging: he had what he desired and all other 
things were added to hirru He was one who had his 
faults, and in his latter end turned aside from those 
good ways of God« But let those who are most eminent- 
ly useful take warning by this not to be proud or se- 
cure; and let us all. learn not to think the worse of 
good instructions though we have them from those who 
do not themselves altogether live up to them." 

- -Matthew Henry 1 s Commentary 

The book of Proverbs is a gold mine of practical 
instruction for those who would learn wisdom and live 
godly lives and not be trapped by the adversary's 



Ecclesiastes also is rich in instruction but having 
more of a dark or pessimistic note. This seems to 
arise from the author 1 s mainly earthly view of things 
"under the sun", As one writer pointed out, he is not 
really seeing the New Covenant as he proclaims that 
there is no new thing under the sun. 

The Song of Solomon has been interpreted in various 
ways* It certainly has much symbolism and requires 
study to grasp the lessons beneath what appears to be 
a song of lovers. It may well symbolize the love of 
Christ for Kis church. 

These are all ancient writings by two famous Hebrew 
kings and have long had their place in the Scriptures — 
the Word of God to man, --LoC, 


Mary, to the Saviour 1 s tomb, 
Bringing spices and perfume, 
With her sad head bending low, 
Trying not to let tears flow, 


When she got there, what surprise I 
She could not believe her eyes; 
For the Lord she came to see 
Was no longer to be seen. 

Christ arose I an angel said, 
He has risen from the dead; 
Go and spread the joyful news 
To the Gentiles and the Jews. 

By Linda Wagner 


Lloyd Wagner's (209) 522-9616 

Jerry Cover's (209) 928-3442 



We, the members here in Brazil, S. A., were made to 
rejoice with the angels of heaven when Onaldo Alves 
Pereira and Maria Carneiro de Souza made application 
for Christian baptism, which was administered July 10, 
1983. May they remain faithful to God to the end of 
this life is our prayer* 

— Wade Flora 


The Eastern District of the Old Brethren have agreed, 
the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Lovefeast and Com- 
munion on September 17 and 18 at the Bradford, Ohio, 
meeting house. Communion is also appointed for Septen>- 
ber 25 with our members in Canada near Maple, Ontario. 
A hearty invitation is extended to all of our members 
and friends to be with us. 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast 
meeting, the Lord willing, at Salida on October 1$ 
and 16. We sincerely invite and welcome all our dear 
brethren and sisters and friends to come and be with 
us at this time of communion and spiritual revival. 
May God richly bless this coming meeting and all who 

— Joseph L. Cover "... 



BEUBAKER - A daughter, Melody Ruth, born July 23 to 
Stanley and Janice Brubaker of Goshen, Indiana. 

ROY 1 ® * A daughter, Sharen Elizabeth, born August 9 to 
Rex and Janice Rojrer of Nappanee, Indiana. 


"Lessons From Nature 11 Series 


Isn ! t knowledge a wonderful thing? When a baby is 
born there are so many things it doesn't know* It 
doesn't know how to talk or to clap its hands against 
each other. It doesn't even know its own name, or 
where it lives, or who its own" brothers and sisters 
are. But as time moves on, that tiny person will 
learn hundreds of facts every week, 

I recently learned a few things about the spider's 
silk. Did you know that most spiders can make five 
different kinds of silk? One kind is a liquid that 
dries hard when exposed to air. Another kind stays 
sticky. The spider has several spinnerets, similar to 
the fingers on your hand, which spin the silk; with 
these it can mix the different kinds of silk together 
to make its "lifeline," its web for trapping insects, 
or its snug silk house in the ground, in a folded 
leaf j or even underwater. Surely God created the 
common spiders with some amazing ways. 

Did you ever get to watch a spider carefully 
constructing its web? Some of the lines have sticky 
drops on them or sticky silk wound around the dry 
lines to trap insects. But the spider knows where to 
step, and oil on its body keeps it from sticking, 

I think building a spider web to trap food is a 
lot like a child going back to school to learn. If 
the student works carefully, pays attention in class, 
and follows instructions diligently, he will trap a 
great deal of valuable knowledge. But if his mind and 
his "spinnerets" are idle, much of the "food" his 
mind needs will get away and be lost forever. 

— Stanley K. Bru baker 

THE PILGRIM Sorora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Ro 
Tuolumne t Cal i f 


VOL. 30 SEPTEMBER, 1983 KO. 9 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


"For with God nothing shall be impossible." 

(Luke 1:37) 

"Be of good courage," God spake unto Joshua, 
When o'er the river God pointed the way. 
Jordan uncrossablel things seemed impossible, 
Waters divide as they march and obey. 

Battles to wini They would meet with their obstacles, 
Jericho's walls, too, must fall to the. ground... 
God never failed; He stood back of His promises, 
Walls had to crumble as they marched around. - 

God is the same and His Word is dependable; 
He'll make a way through the waters for you. 
Life T s situations by Him are amendable. 
Mountains and hills He will part for jom too. 

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? 
Got any mountains you can't tunnel through? 
God specializes in things thought impossible; 
He does the things others cannot do. 

By Oscar C. Eliason 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


When I was a boy I thought my grandfather was the 
gentlest, kindest, most patient man I ever knew* He 
would tell us Bible stories* He would have us read 
the Bible to him, and — marvel of all marvels — he 
could tell us the hard words without even looking! 
He had us see how bright we could polish a penny by 
rubbing it on his rag rug. He sang to us and let us 
listen to his music box* And he never punished us. 

tiy father didn't have as much time to spend with 
us, as his was the responsibility to earn the living. 
Grandpa was not well and lived with us part time. We 
took our father's love for granted and, perhaps, 
tended to give him less attention when Grandpa was 
there. Besides, Papa was the one who made us behave 
and sometimes had to mete out punishment to accom- 
plish this. 

Looking back I can see that my father's love was 
probably greater for us than my grandfather's. But 
in our childish minds we responded more to the gifts 
and attention, and thought our grandfather was the 
greatest man alive. 

My burden here is not in any way to make unfavor- 
able or disrespectful comparisons, but to just notice 
that God is our Father — not a grandfather * He cer- 
tainly has perfect love and gives us all the gifts 
and attentions we deserve and can receive. But He 
also loves us enough to correct and punish us. And 
so we read in Hebrews 12:5-11 about this chastening; 
"« . . My son, despise not thou the chastening of the 
Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him; For 
whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth 
every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, 
God dealeth with you as with sonsi for what son is he 
whom the father chasteneth not? ® * . n 

The Scripture writer goes on to say that we should 


accept this chastening and realize that it is "for our 
profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness." 
He also tells us that "it yieldeth the peaceable fruit 
of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby/ 1 

We need to know that God, in His kindness and mer- 
cy, has an end in view when He allows us to have af- 
fliction, reversals, disappointments, sorrows, un- 
faithfulness of friends, or any of the many troubles 
that seem to come in succession— back to back — without 
end. Consider the calamities of Job and how God 
taught him lovingly and effectively, and eventually 
brought him through and rewarded him well* 

Consider Jeremiah whom God sent to His people with 
the message of His judgment by means of the armies of 
Babylon, The people would not accept his message and 
made it so hard for him that he complained to God and 
nearly gave up his mission. Listen to him in Jeremiah 
20:9: "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, 
nor speak any more in his name* But his word was in 
mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and 
I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay," 
I'm sure Jeremiah has a special place in God's kingdom 
for his faithful declaration of God's message in the 
face of opposition and persecution* From Jeremiah in 
Lamentations 3:22,23 comes this statement of confi- 
dence in the Lord: "It is of the Lord's mercies that 
we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness, " 

Can we respond like that? With the revelation in 
God's word of His ways, we can now understand better 
than Job and Jeremiah could. Since Jesus came, no one 
should doubt the compassion of God and His willingness 
to deliver us. His ways are higher than our ways, and 
He knows what we nefed better than we do. Can we not 
trust Him through our trials and realize that He is 
just like our loving fathers, only He is perfect in 
love and kindness,, 

As to our response, Paul writes "« , , despise not 
thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou 
art rebuked of him o" The original in Proverbs 3:11 
says ", , „ neither be weary of his correction," 


Other translations all mean the same but are given in 
different words: 

". o o Nor lose heart when he corrects you*" 

(Heb* 12:5)— New English Bible 
"* * * Do not be discouraged when he rebukes 

you*" (Heb* 22:5)— Good Mews Bible 
"Son, when the Lord corrects you, pay close 
attention and take it as a warning*," (Pro* 
3:11) --Good Mews Bible 
"* * * Never be weary of his discipline,*" (Pro* 

3:11)— Moffat's 
"* o c Never faint under his reproofs*" (Heb* 

12:5)— Moffat's 
Jesus assures us that He loves us and proved it by 
"laying down Kis life for His sheep*" He promises to 
be with us and that every honest response— even the 
giving of a glass of water— will be noticed and re- 
warded * Tears will flow here, but some day God will 
wipe them away, and there will be no more of them in 

When we attain, through the Holy Spirit, to com- 
plete trust in God, we can be happy and rejoice in 
afflictions and trials* James said to count it all 
joy when ye fall into divers temptations,, Paul wrote 
about rejoicing in hope, (being) patient in tribula- 
tion, and continuing instant in prayer* 
Grandpa used to sing this song to us: 
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays 
And sing thy great Redeemer's praise* 
He justly claims a song from me, 
His loving .kindness — how free* 
If we truly know God and are His sons and daughters 
through Jesus, this can be our song even in the 
greatest trials* — L*Co 


It is wonderful to know and love the truth* One of 
the commandments teaches us that we should love our 
neighbor as ourse\lf* To really love one another we 


must be true to one another—not only to our brethren 
and sisters, but to all whom we come in contact with 
daily* To be trusted we have to be truthful* Truth 
is always consistent and needs nothing to help it out, 
while falsehood is a perplexing maze and often brings 
heartache and sorrow* 

Most of us have been blessed with children and 
grandchildren* I believe the greatest lesson we can 
teach our loved ones is to learn to love to tell the 
truth. It is a process of daily teaching, of being 
aware and listening to whet our children are saying 
and doing* We need to take the time to chastise them 
in even the smallest error* I know that when children 
are small it is hard to always make them understand 
and realize why this is so important* But as they 
grow older they will understand and can reap the joys 
of being taught the truth* The most natural beauty 
in all the world is honesty and truth* 

Sometimes small children tell fantasy stories, and 
we are amused, and while we can't always be so crit- 
ical, we certainly need to be careful and not encour- 
age them in this. It may be a stepping stone in per- 
mitting them the privilege of telling things bigger 
than they really are* 

We as parents and grandparents have a big respon- 
sibility in being good examples* Home is the hardest 
place to play the role of a hypocrite* Our children 
do not miss our actions and the way we handle every 
situation* They are watching us and looking to us as 
their teachers* And sometimes we find they are our 
best teachers* 

Children are small such a short time, and soon they 
become adults* In time they, too, feel a need to ac- 
cept Christ as their personal Savior and become sons 
and daughters of God* We can understand now why the 
truth :s so important in their lives. God's kingdom 
can h^ve no part with one who does not speak the 
truth. Proverbs 12:17 says, "He that speaketh truth 
slieweth forth righteousness t but a false witness de- 
ceit." Verse 19: "The lip of truth shall be estab- 
lished for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a 


moment o n 

The love of truth and right is a mark of integrity 

and a result of a happy heart* 

Oh, happy they, who in their youth 

Are brought to know and love the truth! 

For none but those whom truth makes free, 

Can e'er enjoy their liberty* (Hymn 525, v* 3) 

--Carol Boone 

New Lebanon, Ohio 


Humanism* We've heard the word, heard it preached 
against, know it is wrong, but what is it? Is it a 
cult, a group of people to avoid? Is it a religion, 
or some vague idea cooked up by some philosopher? Is 
it a direct threat to Christianity, the Church, our 
church? Is it really that serious, or can we merely 
cope with it by shrugging it aside and leaving it at 
that, going on our way and forgetting about it? 

The answers to the above questions: humanism is a 
religion just as much as Christianity, Buddhism, 
Mohammedanism, Catholicism, Mormonism or any other of 
the religions in the world about us. It is not a 
vague idea cooked up by some philosopher, although 
many philosophers have and do actively promote it* 
And yes, it is a threat to Christianity, and, there- 
fore, to our church. It _is that serious, and we can- 
not afford to shrug it off* Humanism is the religion 
of the devil* It's the same concept or idea that 
Satan has been pushing since he tempted Eve* 

Basically, humanism is the idea that man has the 
potential tjo improve himself 5 that within us, our- 
selves, liejs the ability to shape our own destinies, 
to enjoy ourselves and to improve the world* These 
are all liejs* The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the 
only way we' can even begin to improve ourselves, let 
alone society* In the Garden of Eden the temptation 
was not really to taste the fruit| the temptation was 


to become as gods — to improve one's self by eating of 
the forbidden fruit* Humanism is merely a new term 
for an idea as old as Satan himself* 

In a book entitled Psychiatric Nursing by Wilson 
and Kneisl, some of the main concepts of humanism are 
listed*, These are not only for psychiatry* These 
are explaining humanism, the basic concept upon which 
the world system operates, has always operated, and 
will operate until Christ comes again and changes the 
system The following are statements concerning hu- 
manism and its beliefs, taken from this book* 

"It (humanism) believes that the human being's 
mind is indivisibly connected with the body*" 

This statement totally ignores the existence of 
any type of spiritual being or substance in man© Be- 
sides, we know that these bodies are dust and will 
return to that* Also, the soul is a durable being 
that will exist after deatho 

"It believes that human beings have the power or 
potential to solve their own problems*" 

". c . Without me ye can do nothing," Christ says 
in John 15:5« Does anything more need to be said? 

"It is opposed to all theories of universal deter- 
minism, fatalism, or predestination, and it holds 
that human beings, while influenced by the past, pos- 
sess freedom of creative choice and action, and are, 
within certain limits, masters of their own destinies*" 

The first argument against this proposition is the 
use of the word "theories"* A theory is an unproven 
idea about something*, The theories here are, respec- 
tively, ones of the existence of an all encompassing 
power of some being, belief in fate, and of being con- 
trolled by another power greater than our own, allow- 
ing us no choice* What this all boils down to is that 
humanism is opposed to all "theories" of God* Reduc- 
ing God to a theory is preposterous* If ever there 
was a proven fact, that fact is, was, and always will 
be the fact of God's existence! By reducing God to a 
mere theory, the only one left to be in charge of 
man's destiny is himself, and this is the belief of 


-humanism* While it is true that man does make a 
choice as to his eternal destiny, bear in mind that 
those choices are provided by God, with conditions 
attached* Man has no choice but to decide between 
those two choices* There is no third choiceo 

"It believes in an ethic that grounds human values 
in life experiences and relationships and holds as its 
highest goal the happiness, freedom, and growth of all 

How empty! Happiness, freedom and growth* No won- 
der people are depressed—that goal is absolutely un- 
attainable without Christ* And no wonder human values 
and morals are so low— how can they help but be if 
their foundation is in life experiences and relation- 
ships? The Bible gives us a basis and grounds to 
settle our values that is much more secure than any 
human experience or relationship* 

"It is open ended— it advocates the unending exam- 
ination of basic convictions—including its own*" 

What a contrast to Christianity! "Jesus Christ, 
the same yesterday, today and forever <>" (Hebrews 13? 8) 
Christ is a rock, reliable, sure, and will stand for- 
ever. The world T s system is like shifting sand at 
best, unreliable, unsure, and bound to fall* 

"The central proposition of humanism is that the 
chief end of human life is to work for well-being 
within the confines of life on this earth*" 

"To work for well-being" isn't that bad a phrase, 
but "within the confines of life on this earthy 
changes thq whole statement into a goal that is empty 
and hollow* The Bible plainly teaches that man's 
chief end is to glorify God, and it doesn't limit us 
to the "confines of life on this earth", either a It 
promises opportunity to glorify God through ail of 
eternity, Th£ Bible also tells us that the real 
treasures are the ones laid up in heaven, not those 
here on earth. We have something far greater to work 
for than any g|oal obtainable "within the confines" of 
this poor life,! 

Humanism artd Christianity are diametrically op- 


posed o That means that if you were to place them on 
the edge of a circle in relationship to each other, 
they would be straight across from each other — as far 
apart as possible* They are not compatible--they 
don't mix P At all. 

Humanism credits the human mind with abilities that 
belong only to Godo Humanism takes the intelligence 
that God has given to man and uses this intelligence 
to explain away God* It's not logical* How can the 
creature, made in the image of the Creator, deny that 
Creator? He can't * It f s that simple* He may try, 
and oh, how man tries to deny that he needs help* 
I've heard the statement, "What the human mind can 
conceive, it can achieve*" That's a lie* Christ 
says, "Without me ye can do nothingo" Who are we to,, 
deny the words of the Son of God? To do so is to be 
as foolish as a puppet operated by strings turning on 
the operator and trying to deny the very strings that 
allowed it movement* (A poor analogy, but it illus- 
trates a point ) 

Satan would have us believe this doctrine--that 
life is an end in itself* Being born, growing* up, 
interacting with other people, having a good time, 
dying, and that's it. And he's been very successful! 
it's obvious that this is what many people seem to be- 
lieve; otherx^ise they xvrould take life much more seri- 
ously* But Satan blinds them to eternity, and by the 
time they realize they are wrong, it is too late to 
do anything about it P 

Let's not be slack about this doctrine* Be aware 
of it and speak out against it* Open confrontation 
with the Bible is one thing Satan cannot stand up to* 
It is the one thing that will conquer hira in the end* 

— Mary Wagner 

Modesto, California 

(Continued from last month) 

Let us fill the gaps and rid ourselves of resent- 


merits and grudges* Life is too short for them, and we 
must make a conscious effort to forgive and forget the 
unkindnesses done to us» If allowed to fester, they 
become "roots of bitterness", we learn from Hebrews 
12:15* Joseph had plenty of room for resentment, but 
God swept his mind clear of all of it, and made him to 
exclaim, "God meant it unto good*" When we allow God 
to sweep out our resentments, He is free to bless us 
in surprising ways* Let us watch offense* The devil 
loves to fish in troubled waters* Is blessing in our 
families sometimes withheld because we are nursing an 
injury? Let us never forget that loving forgiveness 
is probably the most powerful tool the Christian has 
in his kit of virtues* "He who cannot forgive others 
breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass*" 

The gaps can be filled by going to worship on the 
Lord f s Day* What a privilege and opportunity this is! 
It is one we may not always have* Our souls should 
hunger for the Word* Hebrews 10:22-25 says, "Let us 
drew near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, 
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, 
and our bodies washed with pure water* Let us jiold 
fast the profession of our faith without waverings 
(for He is faithful that promised?) and let us con- 
sider one another to provoke unto love and to good 
works? not forsaking the assembling of ourselves to- 
gether, as the manner of some is 5 but exhorting one 
another: and so much the more, as ye see the day ap- 
proaching*" < 

Are we living too much for secondary things? Tran- 
sient things command jso much attention, and they are 
so time-consuming and exhausting that they leave for 
God only the dregs of a hurried, worried, and fatigued 
life* As Christians, we find it easier to trust God 
for eternity than for everyday life* 

Let us fill the gaps and use prayer more* { cannot 
explain the mystery of prayer, but it works ! From the 
beginning to the end of the Bible we are encouraged to 
pray* We and our families may lose much if we ignore 
the injunction* God treasures our prayers* They are 
fragrant incense to Him* That should be a strong 


incentive for us to pray* We need to be quiet in our 
beings and listen to Him ! God is always trying to 
get in touch with us, to speak to the depths of our 

A sure protection against pride or self-pity is 
prayer and thankfulness to Godo If I list His mercies 
and blessings to me, I will not have a superiority 
complex* Elijah was a man of like passions as we are* 
But, alas! we are not men of prayer like he was„ A 
prayerful life is a powerful life* 

God very often uses illness of one kind or another 
for the ultimate blessing of many, and thus for His 
own glory* For some of us there are lessons that can 
only be learned in times of bodily weakness and pain* 

In our homes we need the M living water" to cleanse 
us, as well as to quench our thirsto And we need 
rivers of them! If the Word is doing its work in us, 
it cannot help but affect those who live with us* If 
we ourselves are having our thirst quenched at the 
fountains of living water, the rivers will flow fur- 
ther than our own families through practical, every- 
day Christian goodness* This flowing out is not by 
our conscious effort* It is as we take in the living 
water that it inevitably flows out* It is the Lord's 
responsibility to direct the flow* Ours is to see 
that we do not stop the intake or block the outflow* 
And we do not always have to be checking the height 
of the rivers* That is God f s business! 

It amazes me hox* God is intervening in the lives 
of people who da not yet know Him, and who are entire- 
ly unaware of it. What an encouragement that is! 
God has His eye on us, and He often acts behind the 
scenes in our lives through people who are God's 
agents in ways unknown to them or us. 

Filling the gaps means not showing partiality 
among God's people—the brethren* James 2:1 and 9 
tells how God does not show partiality, and it is sin 
when we do* Romans 2:11 says, "For there is no re- 
spect of persons with God* n "Seeing ye have purified 
your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit 


unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love 
one another with a pure heart fervently* 11 {I Peter 

"Thou numberest my steps," says Job* The Lord 
knows exactly how long is the way* I do think that 
is encouraging* It may seem an endless way to us and 
very hard going. But every step is counted, and there 
will not be too many a 

Let us fill the gaps! Eternity is a reality, and 
it is just at hando We are approaching the ?apids — 
the end of all things«> We on this side of the river 
are living in the "mists"* The mists of th:js present 
life hide the abiding realities "over there"? Jesus 
should mean more to us than anyone else in the world* 
And if He does, we will "love His appearing"! 

By Barbara Basore 

Selected by Marvin and Ruth Crawmer 

from The Vindicator, March, 1983 


I know every idle word has its reward; 
To dishonor the sacred no true heart accords; 
Forgive me, dear God, if I've uttered a word 
That would not have been said by my Lord, 

I know that if anger has prompted the tongue, 
If my wrath has exacted what love should have done, 
Some heart will be wounded that I should have won; 
Lord forgive" me if I've injured a one. 

There's ought of example but Jesus for me: 
Help me everj^ dear Father, His likeness tc be; 
And help me "bo speak so that others may see, 
That the Saviour is living in me. 

By Vana R. Raye 

Tiih PILGRIM 13 




With this book begins the section of our Bible 
called "The Prophets"* It consists of the writings of 
the four major prophets and the twelve minor prophets* 

Until 1947 the oldest known Hebrew manuscripts of 
the Old Testament were copies of copies written about 
A*D* 900, In 1947 the "Dead Sea Scrolls" were dis- 
covered by Arab Bedouins searching the area for a lost 
goat* About seven miles south of Jericho and one mile 
west of the Dead Sea they found a cave containing 
earthen jars of ancient writings. One of the scrolls 
contained the book of Isaiah written in the second 
century B*C* This was written on parchment about 24 
feet long, made up of sheets about 10 x 15 inches 
sewed together* One thousand years older than any 
other Hebrew Bible manuscripts, it was called "the 
greatest manuscript discovery of modern times*" This 
discovery of manuscripts of the Bible only verifies 
the fact that we have the Word of God in accurate form* 

Matthew Henry in his Commentary gives us further 
information on this inspiring book of Isaiah: 

"A prophet is one that has a great intimacy with 
Heaven and a great interest there, and consequently a 
commanding authority upon earth* Prophecy was most 
commonly by dreams, voices or visions, communicated to 
prophets first, and by them to the children of men* 
(Numbers 12:6) Before the sacred canon of the Old 
Testament began to be written, there were prophets who 
were instead of Bibles to the church* * * Moses was, 
beyond all comparison, the most illustrious of all the 
Old Testament prophets, for with him the Lord spoke 
face to face* (Deuteronomy 34:10) * * * We read of 
prophets raised up for special public services, among 
whom the most famous were Elijah and Elisha in the 
kingdom of Israel* There was nothing of their own 
writing but one epistle of Elijah* s* (II Chronicles 


21:12) But, towards the latter end of the kin^oms 
of Judah and Israel, it pleased God to direct his 
servants the prophets to write some of their setmons* 
The dates of many of their prophecies are uncertain, 
but the earliest of them was in the days of UzzLah, 
king of Judah, and Jeroboam the second, his contem- 
porary, king of Israel about 200 years before the cap- 
tivity If they begin to murder the prophets, ye: 
they shall not murder their prophecies; these shall 
remain as witnesses against them*, Hosea was the first 
of the writing prophets; and Joel, Amos, and Cbadiah 
published their prophecies about the same time* 
Isaiah began some time after, but his prophecr is 
placed first, because it is the largest of th^rn all, 
and has most in it of Him to whom all the prophets 
bore witness: and indeed so much of Christ that he is 
justly styled the Evan gelical Prophet , and, by some 
of the ancients, a fifth Evangelist ,, 

"Concerning the prophet himself: he was (if we may 
believe the tradition of the Jews) of the royal family, 
his father being (they say) brother to King Uzziatu 
He was certainly much at court, especially in 
Hezekiah's time. The Spirit of God sometimes served 
His own purpose by the particular genius of the proph- 
et; for prophets were not speaking trumpets/ through 
which the Spirit spoke, but speaking men, b? whom the 
Spirit spoke, making use of their natural powers, in 
respect both of light and flame, and advancing them 
above themselves. « ," --L.C* 


Abraham was willing to obey whatever uod said, 
believing God was going to fulfill His promise con- 
cerning Isaac* Jesus submitted Himself to God's will, 
knowing the joy He would receive. To fch$ natural 
man*s reasoning, some of God's work seems unjust, 
But how limited is our knowledge I " Though he were a 
Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he 
suffered/ 1 (Hebrews 5t8) — Ernest Wagner 

Modrcto. California 

THE PILGRIM _____ 15 


The Eastern District of the Old Brethren have agreed, 
the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Love feast and Com- 
munion on September 17 and 18 at the Bradford, Ohio, 
meeting house. Communion 1b also appointed for Septem- 
ber 25 with our members in Canada near Maple, Ontario. 
A hearty invitation is extended to all of our members 
and friends to be with us. 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast 
meeting, the Lord willing, at Salida on October 15 
and 16. We sincerely invite and welcome all our dear 
brethren and sisters and friends to come and be with 
us at this time of communion and spiritual revival. 
May God richly bless this coming meeting and all who 

— Joseph L. Cover 


With outstretched hand, He leads me 
Where deep blue waters flow, 
When my footsteps tend to falter, 
He shows The Way to go. 

Gently leading on a journey 
Which is yet unknown to me 
For the path is steep and narrow 
Difficult for me to see. 

But I feel my faith grow stronger 
And I see a light divine 
As I smile and travel onward 
With His strong hand holding mine. 

By Juanita R. Davis 
Selected by Susie Wagner 

16 chijjjhenis page 

"lessons from nature" series 
patient as a porcupine 

Two years ago I had the privilege of following a 
porcupine up a tree. I had spotted it from the gravel 
road we were driving on. It was ambling slowly along 
minding its own business until I stepped from xhe car 
to get its picture. 

Now, porcupines are not noted for their speed, and 
this one was barely able to reach a small sapling and 
start climbing before I arrived on the scene. Twenty 
feet above the ground our tree became so thin that ws 
qould go no farther. The porcupine chose to climb out 
onto a small branch, while I balanced precariously in 
the tree trying to photograph this living pincughio^. 
Unfortunately, the animal was determined to keep his' 
soft, unprotected face away from me; all my ricture 
clearly shewed was his back end and tail, wibh some 
of his thirty thousand sharp, barbed quills* 

God created the porcupine a slow and easy-going 
citizen of the forest. He has few enemies. A bear or 
mountain lion, even a skunk will lose in a battle with 
a porky. So the porcupine lives a life of patience and 
simple contentment, eating bark, sleeping in treetcps, 
chewing sweat-salty aase-handles or other pieces of 
wood* And he seldom gets disturbed. 

Sometimes I wonder. Would we get a lot morf done 
if we had the slow and steady purposefulness, tjl e 
unhurried caljnness of the porcupine? Can anything 
really hurt us if we live as we should? Won't truth 
and right always prevail? Isn't there a special bless- 
ing promised to the patient, the meek, the quiet people? 
When impatience threatens, remember the porcupine. ' 

— Stanley K. Bru baker 

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VOL. 30 OCTOBER, 1983 ~ NO. 10 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: u 


My stubborn will at last hath yielded;, 
I would be Thine , and Thine alone; 
And this the prayer my lips are bringing, 
"Lord, let in me Thy will be done.-" 

I ? m tired of sin, footsore and wearyf - . . 
The darksome path hath dreary grown, -•■ 
But now a light has risen to. cheer me; 
I find in Thee my Star, my Sun; - s 

*, »■ ' 
Thy precious will, conquering Savior, 
Doth now embrace and compass: me; 
All discords hushed, my peace a river, 
My soul a prisoned bird set free*. •■ . r :*---_;. 

Shut in with Thee, Lord, forever,. 
My wayward feet no more to roam; 
What power from Thee my soul can sever? 
The center of God ? s will my home. 

Sweet will of God, still fold me closer, 
Till I am wholly lost in Thee., ; 

Mrs. Ct H. Morris 

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Affairs in Jerusalem about the year oOL B„Co were 
becoming more and more desperate o King Jehoiakim had 
been given the throne by Pharoah and then later sub- 
dued by the king of Babylon* Ke was soon to come to 
a miserable end and to be buried like an ass outside 
Jerusalemo Like their king, Judah was disobedient to 
God and worshipped idols — had been this way for cen- 
turies and were making no progress toward repentance* 
The whole nation, too, was soon to come to a miserable 
captivity in Babylon * 

As one of the many signs and lessons to disobedient 
Judah, God told Jeremiah to bring the Rechabites into 
the house of the Lord and set wine before them* This 
he did, inviting them to drink* But the family of 
the Rechabites all refused saying that Jonadab (who 
lived nearly 3oG years before )^ the son of Rechab, had 
commanded his family, fl Ye shall drink no wine, neither 
ye, nor your sons for ever*" (Jeremiah 35;6) All 
those years this family had obeyed his commando 

Now God told Jeremiah to confront the men of Judah 
with this example of the Rechabites «, They were obe- 
dient to an earthly fathers commando But Judah had 
repeatedly refused to obey the voice of the God of 
Heaven speaking to them through numerous prophets,, 

The house of Rechab stands as an example of obedi- 
ence even to us in our time* ^nd how much our gener- 
ation needs to see these examples! 

While obedience to God ! s law is the underlying 
theme of the Old Testament, it is also a vital and 
necessary ingredient of our service ; in this day of 
grace * ; / 

We would like to consider this subject of obedience 
in three areas: the home, the country, and the 
church* But first we must realize that obedience 
does not come^about automatically! it must be taught 


and learned. 

The home, though perhaps the least formal of our 
institutions, has a definite structure in God's plan. 
Ephesians 6:1 says, "Children, obey your parents in 
the Lord: for this is right." Do we expect our chil- 
dren .-.t.o search out this verse (and others like it) and 
act.upon it? No, before a child is old enough to un- 
derstand this command, the parents must begin to teach 
him to obey. Much of *the blame for the rebellion and 
disobedience of youth must be laid right at the door 
of the parents for their failure to "train up the 
child in the way he should go." Proverbs 23:13 says, 
"Withhold not; correction from the child: for if thou 
beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou 
shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his 
soul from hell." Children are to obey both parents. 
The wife also is to obey her husband. Titus was to 
instruct the older women' (2:4,5) "That they may te^ch 
the young women to be sober, r to love their husbands", 
to love their children, To be- discreet, chaste, keep- 
ers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands^ 
that the word of God be not blasphettted<," Here again, 
the disobedience and forwardness of woixien today is at 
least partly due to a lack of insistence and leader- 
ship on the part of the husbands. We cannot predict 
the. behavior of ungodly women, but Christian women 
surely will respond to the leadership of their hus- 
bands if the husbands love their wives "even as Christ 
also. -loved the church, and gave himself for it." "For 
the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is 
the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the 
body." (Ephesians 5:23) We ignore and disobey this 
God-ordained structure of the family at the peril of 
our own happiness. 

In our nation there is also a structure or form 
that God instructs us to observe. Peter writes (I 
Peter 2tl3,14), "Submit yourselves to every ordinance 
of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king 
as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are * 
sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for 

(continued on page 6) 



In nature it is easy to watch the activity carried 
on by desire e The very perpetuation of the various 
species is guaranteed by the presence of desire, and 
each individual member of each species is sustained 
and nourished by the natural operation of desire* 
Every normal creature desires a mate, and so the per- 
petuation of life is achieved. Every creature desires 
food, and the life of each is supported. Thus desire 
is the servant of the God of nature and waits on His 

In the moral world things are not otherwise. Right 
desires tend toward life and evil ones toward death* 
That in essence is the scriptural teaching on this 
subject* Whatever a man wants badly and persistently 
enough will determine the man's character. In the 
Pauline epistles the gravitational pull of the heart 
in one direction or another is called the fl raind H . In 
the eighth chapter of Romans, for instance, when Paul 
refers to the "mind" he is referring to the sum of 
our dominant desires. The mere intellect is not the 
mind: the mind is intellect plus an emotional tug 
strong enough to determine action. 

By this definition it is easy to understand the 
words of Romans 8:5-7, "For they that are after the 
flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that 
are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For 
to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually 
minded is life and- peace. Because the carnal mind is 
enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law 
of God, neither indeed can be." When our dominant 
desires are bad the whole life is bad as a conse- 
quence; when the desires are good the life comes up 
to the level of our desires, provided that we have 
within us the enabling Spirit. 

At the root of all true spiritual growth is a set 
of right and sanctified desires. The whole Bible 
teaches that we can have whatever we want badly 
enough if, it hardly need be said, our desire is 


according to the will of God. The desire after God 
and holiness is back of all real spirituality, and 
when that desire becomes dominant in the life nothing 
can prevent us from having what we wanto The longing 
cry of the God-hungry soul can be expressed in the 
five words of the song, "Oh, to be like Thee!" While 
this longing persists there will be steady growth in 
grace and a constant progress toward Christlikeness. 

Unsanctified desire will stop the growth of any 
Christian life* Wrong desire perverts the moral judg- 
ment so that we are unable to appraise the desired ob- 
ject at its real value. However we try, still a thing 
looks morally better because we want it* For that 
reason our heart is often our worst counselor, for if 
it is filled with desire it may give us bad advice, 
pleading the purity of something that is in itself 
anything but pure. 

As Christians our only safety lies in complete 
honesty. We must surrender our hearts to God so that 
we have no unholy desires, then let the Scriptures 
pronounce judgment on a contemplated course* If the ' 
Scriptures condemn an object, we must accept that - J 
judgment and conform to it, no matter how we may for 
the moment feel about it. 

To want a thing, or feel that we want it, and thkti 
to turn from it because we see that it is contrary to 
the will of God is to win a great battle on a field 
larger than Gettysburg or Bunker Hill. To bring our' 
desires to the cross and allow them to be nailed there 
with Christ is a good and beautiful thing. To be 
tempted and yet to glorify God in the midst of it is 
to honor Him where it counts. This is more pleasing 
to God than any amount of sheltered and untempted 
piety could ever be. To fight and to win in the name 
of Christ is always better than to have known no con- 

God is always glorified when He wins a moral vic- 
tory over us, and we are always benefited, immeasurab- 
ly and gloriously benefited. The glory of God and the 
everlasting welfare of His people are always bound up 


together o The blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse not 
only the actual sins which have been committed , but 
the very inward desires so that we will not want to 
sin„ Purified desires will tend toward righteousness 
by a kind of gentle moral gravitation Q Then it can 
be said that we are "spiritually minded 11 * A blessed 
state indeed, and blessed are they that reach it* 

By A, Uo Tozer in The Root of the Righteous 

(Used by permission of Christian Publications, 
Inco, 3025 Ilartzdale Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011- 
8870* For a complete listing of Tozer books 
contact the publisher) 

Selected by Linda Frick 

(continued from page 3) 

the praise of them that do well* 11 Peter also teaches 
(verse 17) n « Honour the king* 11 One writer sums 
it up with four ways to serve our country as Chris- 
tianss 1) Honor its ruler a j 2) Pray for them (I 
Timothy 2:1,2), 3) Pay its taxes or "tribute", and 
4) Obey its laws* Of course, any law of God super- 
sedes those of the earthly nations, and we ought to 
obey God rather than man* But if we 'disobey reason- 
able laws of our country, we are disobeying God 

In the church our obedience must be to Christ , He 
is the Head* He is "our King, too, but the "Head over 
the body n signifies this relationship better than our 
ideas of a king and his subjects* Paul makes it clear 
in I Corinthians 12 tjiat we are members of Christ's 
body Uho ever heard of a body rebelling against its 
head? Uho ever heard of a hand refusing to dc its 
service or disobeying the message sent from the brain? 
This could happen only in a sick body«-one without the 
proper connections in the nervous system*. Jesus says 
several times and in various ways, "If ye love me, 
keep my commandment s u (John 14 s 5 5 2.1 5 23 | 15:10,14; 
Matthew It 24; Luke 6:46,47) If w<s are not properly 


connected to Christ., possibly this could explain our 

Perhaps of greater difficulty to us is our rela- 
tionship to one another in the church. In Hebrews 13s 
17 we read, "Obey them that have the rule over you, 
and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, 
as they that must give account . . <>" God has given 
responsibilities to leaders- in the church • He, has 
also charged them that they are to be servants, as 
the very meaning of the word "minister" ■ indicate So 
In Matthew 23:8-11 Jesus cautions us: "But be not ye 
called Kabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ 5. 
and all ye are brethren And call no man your father 
upon earth: for one is your Father which is • in -heaven » 
Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Ilaster, 
even Christ. But he that is greatest among, you shall 
be your servant*" I Peter 5 contains good instruction 
to elders as well as to each member*, In verse 5 s he 
writes, , "Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves .unto 
the elder* Yea,. all of you be subject one to. another, 
and be clothed with humility*, • e " .If these good^p) 
loving attitudes can be reality and not just pcreten'se, 
Satan will have no opportunity to do his dividing*, - 

May Jesus Christ be Lord of our lives* Hay our 
obedience and loyalty to Him. be displayed for all to 
see--in the home, the church, and in the world. Hay 
we, as the Rechabites were, be living* examples of obe- 
dience in the midst of a disobedient; generation 

■ . --L0C0 

Ve, the members of the Wakarusa congregation, re- 
joiced that Miriam Coning and Rachel Beery responded 
to the call of the' Master. They- received Christian 
- -baptism October 2. May they be faithful and true to 

— Melvin Coning 


BOWSER - A daughter, Rosanna Elaine, born October 7 
to Allen and Rhoda Bowser of Collins, Mississippi. 



The tiny newly-born in her crib looked curiously at 
her mother and great grandparents looking at her 
through the glass window of the baby room in the hos- 

It was a time of victory indeed—of long waiting 
and now of answered prayer* 

Baby has had her first feed, a good rest in sleep, 
and now awakes in a new experience of observation* 
"Does anybody want me? *\nd where is that mama person 
who held me so rapturously in her arms? 11 She may have 
but dimly sensed our presence; but in her fresh inno- 
cence , this was indeed a moment of truth for her — but 
especially to us* Yes, baby dear, we do want you, 
and so want to help in some way for you to get a good 
start in life. And may the good angel who guards your 
baby bed guide you into the arms of Him Who said, 
"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and for- 
bid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." 
(See Matthew 19:14, Mark lo:13-16, Luke 18:15-17.) 
"And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon 
them, and blessed them," 

Jesus' blessing on these little ones was one of 
joyful acceptance of them as innocent humans created 
by God in Kis own image. Some of them perhaps would 
never reach the age of accountability, but die in 
their innocence. Jesus was to die for the sin curse 
resting on Adam's ^ace„ After Jesus' resurrection He 
could claim many such souls in His future Kingdomo 

As He handed them back to their mothers, the moth- 
ers would know of the joy of Jesus' acceptance of them 
and of a far-reaching blessing into the future* In 
them deep chords of 'faith, hope, and Christ love were 
touched in the secret places of their hearts. Theirs 
was now to revere the name of " Jesus " and to teach 
these, their little darlings, this seed of the Kingdom, 
a believing faith in their true Friend--this wonderful 
Redeemer, Saviour, and earth* s coming King. 

It was to such as these with the gospel seed in 
their hearts that the later-bestowed Holy Spirit would 


call to the spread of the gospel of the Kingdom of 
God. We see its start, even then, when Jesus rejoiced 
in Spirit when Kis returning disciples reported to 
Him their victories over Satan* (Luke 10:21) ,f I 
thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, - that 
thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, 
and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Fathers 
for so it seemed good in thy sight. H 

And may we also praise and thank Him for that first 
sower who sowed good seed in his field, and also for 
His own faithful sowers of the living seed of Kis 
Word from that time to this* In Jesus 1 call to the 
weary and heavy laden, His first promise is to give 
them rest for their soulso This promise holds true 
even today* This first time of rest to the soul is 
indeed a heavenly prize to the one who truly believes 
in Himo Truly Jesus is the Alpha and Omega of the new 
spiritual life so graciously bestowed*, •* ^ i ' 

This individual soul rest calls for a tinier -of body 
and soul rest alone with Jesuso Jesus Himself points 
the way to the inner closet with the door closed*, 
(Matthew 6:6) It is to be a personal experience of- 
Spirit reality, where, as Paul would say (Romans 8:16): 
"The- Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, 
that we are the children of Godo" Addressing God here 
as " Father " may well be an experience of inner assur- 
ance and peaceful rest in Jesus* Here body, soul and 
spirit join in a confirmation of that open confession 
of Christ before men| and the rested soul rejoices in 
full committal to .Christ* 

I see in memory once more the Christian youth, new- 
ly baptized in water, finally finding himself back in 
his bedroom* The familiar home scenes and room seem 
the same, and yet there is an inner sense of newness* 
The loving ones who had given him the hand of fellow- 
ship with kind words of encouragement have returned 
to their homes* Living parents seemed rather strange- 
ly busy elsewhere* 

The decision to be baptized had been his, and his 
the blessing of willing obedience to Christ* He must 


first savor this freedom from the burden of sin that 
he had so keenly felt in coming out of the wscer. As 
wonderful as that was, there was also, a new sense of 
loving God as Father, and Jesus Christ His Son, Whom 
He had sent* There was also a new sense of loving the 
dear brethren and sisters in the faith of Jesus.. 

As Jesus was tempted by Satan after His baptism, 
even so today Satan still tempts the new Christian in 
his first alone time* Already he could hear the jeers 
and scoffings of his former associates; and now flesh- 
ly appetites for worldly pleasures and ambitions 
pulled on the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, 
and the pride of life, (I John 2; 16) Publicly he had 
renounced these In this alone rest time a moment of 
truth appeared--a searching of the heart for any per- 
sonal reservations for selfish indulgence*. How true 
were Jesus 1 words-, "The Spirit is willing, but the 
flesh is weako u But, all praise to God, the presence 
of a risen Saviour was real indeed! How sweet the 
promise of the abiding Holy Spirit! 

How kind of God to let His newly born again child 
feel this new weight of responsibility in making a de- 
cision with the will in line with His holy written 
Word* The Spirit and the understanding now rejoiced 
in that first decision for Christ*. There was now a 
sense of salvation as a good conscience answered back 
to God and to a resurrected Saviour* 

God's truth in His Son is always both positive and 
negative*. In the .rejoicings of salvation there are 
always deep Turnings for everyday life. As II Corin- 
thians 6:17: "Wherefore come out from among them, and 
be ye. separate, saitb the Lord, and touch not the un- 
clean thing: and I will receive you, And will be a 
Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, 
saith the Lord Almightyo M In I Peter 2:1-3 the Apos- 
tle goes directly to the secret life of God's child, 
"Wherefore layijng aside all malice, and all guile, and 
hypocrisies, an'd envies, and all evil speakings, As 
newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, 
that ye may gro^w thereby: If so be ye have tasted 


that the Lord is gracious** 3 

Our separation is to be away from the world, from 
Satan and his ranks of siru Any decision for Christ 
that ignores these warnings is incomplete* It is to 
be a holy separati on unto God. The new babe in Christ 
starts that holy separation in desiring the pure milk 
of the Word* The abiding Holy Spirit within will give 
spirit light upon the written Word of God Q 

A school of learning of Jesus is started where the 
soul mind drinks in sweet portions of God's Word, as 
the Holy Spirit enlightens them to our spirit and 
understanding* The yoke of Christ He adjusts to 
easily fit our soul's r^d* A -"light 11 burden of duty 
appears as the whitening harvest fields of the Lord 
become real to our new spirit vision* As we apply 
these words now hidden in the heart to our own 
thought s, ways, and doings, we receive spiritual 
strength to witness' for. Him to others every day* ........ 

Your brother in Christ, 
James D* Cover 
Modesto, California 

CHRISTIAN WARFARE ■• • -, ,,• • . 

The Apostle Paul tells us the weapons of our war- 
fare are not carnal but mighty through God to the 
pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations 
and every high thing that exalts itself against the 
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every 
thought to the obedience of Christ* 

So we understand the battle ground is right in our 
own hearts* 

James chapter 4 gives many of these conflicts tak- 
ing place* 

Peter says the devil as a roaring lion walketh 
about seeking whom he may devour* 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 




(For our historical study we offer here p$rt of 
Matthew Henry's writings on these two books.,} 

"Concerning this prophet Jeremiah we may observe, 
I) That he began young, and therefore could say, from 
his own experience, that it is good for a man to bear 
the yo ke in his youth , the yoke both of service and of 
affliction. (Lamentations 3; 27) Jerome observes that : 
Isaiah, who had more years, had his tongue touched with 
a coal of fire, to purge away his iniquity (ch* 6:7), 
but that when God touched Jeremiah's mouth, nothing 
was said of the purging of his iniquity (ch* 1:9), be- 
cause of his tender years* II) That he continued long 
a prophet, some reckon fifty years, others above forty* 
lie began in the thirteenth year of Josiah, that good 
king, but he continued through all the wicked reigns 
that followed* III) That he was a reproving prophet, 
sent in God f s name to tell Jacob of -their sins and to 
warn them of the judgments of God; and the critics ob- 
serve that therefore his style is more plain and 
rough, and less polite, than that of Isaiah and some 
others of the prophets* Plain-dealing is best when we 
are dealing with sinners to bring them to repentance* 
IV) That he was a weeping prophet 5 so he is commonly 
called, not only because he penned the Lamentations, 
but because he was all along a mournful spectator of 
the sins of his people* V) That he was a suffering 
prophet* Fie was persecuted by his own people more 
than any of them, as we shall find in the stpry of 
this book| for he lived and preached just before the 
Jews 1 destruction by the Chaldeans, when their char- 
acter seems to have been the same as it was just be- 
fore their destruction by the Romans, when they killed 
the Lord Jesus, and persecuted his disciples, pleased 
not God, and were contrary to al 1 men, for wrath had 
come upon them to the- uttermost. (I Thessalonians 2:15^ 
16) The last account we have of him is that the 


remaining Jews forced him to go down with them into 
Egypt | whereas the current tradition is, among Jews 
and Christians, that he suffered martyrdom,, Hottinger, 
out of Elmakin, an Arabic historian, relates that, 
continuing to prophesy in Egypt against the Egyptians 
and other nations, he was stoned to death; and that 
long after, when Alexander entered Egypt, he took up 
the bones of Jeremiah where they were buried in ob- 
scurity, and carried them to Alexandria, and buried 
them there* The prophecies of this book which we have 
in the first nineteen chapters seem to be the heads of 
the Sermons he preached in a way of general reproof 
for sin; afterwards they are more particular, mixed 
with the history of his day, but not placed in due 
order- of time c With the threatenings are intermixed 
many gracious promises of mercy to the penitent, „ of . 
the deliverance of the Jews out of their captivity*.,, 
and some that have a plain reference to the kingdom 
of the Messiah*" ,, 

"We have (in Jeremiah) the predictions of the des- 
olations of Judah and Jerusalem, and then the history 
of them, to show how the predictions were accomplished, 
and (in Lamentations) we have the expressions of his 
sorrow upon occasion of them When he saw these ca- 
lamities at a distance, he wished that his head were 
waters and his eyes fountains of tears : and, when 
they came, he wept and was far from being disaffected 
to his country. Though his country had been unkind to 
him, and though the ruin of it was a proof that he was 
a true prophet, yet he sadly lamented it* 

"The occasion of these Lamentations was the destruc- 
tion of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldean army and 
the dissolution of the Jewish state both civil and ec- 
clesiastical* Some will have these to be the Lamenta- 
tions which Jeremiah penned upon occasion of the death 
of Josiah (II Chronicles 35:25) But, they seem to be 
penned of those calamities when they had already come, 
and there is nothing of Josiah in them* No, it is 
Jerusalem's funeral that this is an elegy upon* 

"The composition of it is not only poetical, but 


alphabetical, all except the fifth chapter* Each 
verse begins with a letter in the order of the Hebrew 
alphabet, the first aleph , the second, beth , etc, but 
the third chapter is a triple alphabet, the first 
three beginning with aleph , the next three with beth, 
etc« f which was a help to memory and an elegance in 
writingo In the second, third, and fourth chapters 
the letter £e is put before ajin , which in all the 
Hebrew alphabets follows it, Dr„ Lightfoot offers 
this conjecture. That the letter ajin , which is the 
numeral letter for LXX, by being displaced, put them 
in mind of the seventy years at the end of which God 
would turn again their captivity** 

u The use of it to the piqus Jews in their suffer- 
ings, furnishing them with spiritual language to ex- 
press their natural grief , helping to preserve the 
remembrance of Zion among them, when they were in 
Babylono They are here taught to mourn for sin and 
mourn to God," .;. 

Matthew Henry' s Commentary 
Edited by Leslie Fo Church,. Ph^ 
(pages 935 and 1024) 

1 '■ " 100 YEARS AGO 

This article appeared in the September, 18S3 
Vindicator o 


How often do persons seek to dissuade others from 
a course of weli-dQing by the remark: "You will get 
no thanks for your labor;" how many persons, when 
looking over the toils of long years, feel a secret 
p&ng as they think how little their kindly efforts are 

But the work of the servant of God is not done to 
win the- thanks of mortals^ he labors with a higher 
aimf he has. a grand object in view; he is a servant, 
not of men, but of God: and the work he does is not 
for the hope of earthly praise or earthly pay_ 9 but for 

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the glory of God and the honor of his Heavenly Master<> 

He who labors to secure the thanks of men will find 
himself doomed to perpetual disappointment He lives 
in an unthankful world; ; his labor is a thankless task, 
and he will often become discouraged, and perhaps 
abandon his undertakings* On the other hand, he who 
labors to please the Lord, and has only the glory of 
God in view, will find the blessing of the Divine ap- 
proval resting upon him during his pilgrimage, and at 
the end he will receive from the Master a gracious 
welcome and a great rewardo 

Let us purpose in our hearts to do right, thanks or 
no thanks, and not be turned away from our fidelity to 
God and our efforts to benefit man by any ingratitude 
or neglect which we may experience*, A coming day will 
right our wrongs, and in that day the neglected and 
despised servants of God shall know of a truth that 
their labor was not in vain in the Lord e 

Listen to the words of the great Teacher: "As ye 
would that men should do to you, do ye also to them 
likewise** For if ye love them which love you, what 
thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love 
them* And if ye do good to them which do good to you, 
what thank have ye? for sinners also do the same* 
And if ye lend to them of whom ye 1 hope to receive, 
what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, 
to receive as much again But love ye your enemies, 
and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing againj and 
your reward shall, be great, and ye shall be the chil- 
dren of the Highestf for he is kind unto the unthank- 
ful and to the evil,," (Luke 6:31-35) 

--Selected by John Schonwald 

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and 
they that love It shall eat the £ruit thereof. " 

j, / Proverbs 18:21 

The tongue has tremendous po^er for good or for 
evil. With our tongues we can- /encourage- and build or 
we can criticize, tear down, and destroy . if we love 
this power in either direction, we will reap its fruit. 


"Lessons from Nature" Series 

Silently, slowly, fluttering one by one pn the cool 
autumn currents of air, the leaves are falling. All 
summer long they were beautiful and green; ^ach single 
leaf was a miniature factory designed by God to change 
sunshine into sugar as it made food energy for the 
tree it grew on. 

But now the time of serving the tree is past. The 
leaves have changed to brown or gold or yellow or red. 
The stems that held the leaves tightly to their twigs 
have dried up and let go. And each fluttering leaf, 
like a colorful symbol of death, falls to the ground. 

What is death? Why must things die? Should we 
fear death? The wise man Solomon said long ago that 
"To every thing there is a season* * « a time to be 
born, and a time to die." But why must we die? 

How thankful we can be that the Holy Bible has all 
the answers we need about death* It teaches us clear- 
ly that death came as a result of man's disobedience 
to Gode It teaches us that wicked men and women 
should indeed fear to die if they refuse to obey God. 
It teaches us, on the other hand, that little children 
do not need to fear death, "for of such is the kingdom 
of heaven*" It teaches that death destroys thi^ body 
that we live in, but not our spirit. And it teaches 
us that the obedient child of God will be giveri a much 
more perfect and glorious body after we are brcjught 
back to life. What a privilege, that we can someday 
trade this earthly body and the sorrows of this life 
in on a body that will never die in a perfect xforld! 

--Stanley K. Brubsjker 

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THE PILGRIM Son ° ra ' ballf " 

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VOL. 30 NOVEMBER, 1983 NO, 11 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 


For the" food upon my table , 

For the clothes that I may wear, 
For the shelter of my little home, 

For all the comforts there; 
For health to do my daily tasks, 

For eyes that I may see, 
For ears to hear the- songs of joy, 

Dear God, I now thank Thee, 

For light that brightens every day 

And my peaceful rest at night, 
For the still, small voice that helps 
me choose 

Between the wrong and right; 
For the fellowship of my friends, 

And neighbors kind and true; 
For trees and flowers, birds and bees, 

And the skies above the blue. 

Oh, I couldn ! t count my blessings; 

I have many, many more, 
And each day I am more thankful 

Than I was 'the day before ; 
And for Christy my loving Saviour, 

Throughout all eternity, 
My grateful heart will sing Thy praise 

And offer thanks to Thee. 

— Anonymous 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

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f! give thanks unto the Lord; for he Is good: for 
his mercy endureth forever . " 

"Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the 
Lord; praise him ye servants of the Lord. 11 

M Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name..." 

"Bless the Lord, my soul: and all that is with- 
in me, bless his holy name."- 

With such expressions and many more, the Psalmist 
pours out his praise to God* This area of praise 
and thanksgiving evidently comprised a large part of 
King David T s worship and his experience with God, 
We would like to consider what part this also should 
play in our lives. How much attention should we 
give to expressions of praise? If we live a life of 
obedience, should we still feel obliged to express 
thanks to God? How do we begin to praise Him better? 

Answering these questions, we first should know 
that if these expressions come from a feeling of w 
obligation, we probably have missed the main lesson. 
To be worth much, our praise should be spontaneous, 
issuing from our hearts in gratitude and not by 
compulsion. Some, perhaps, are like the pomegranate 
or the black walnujb that give up their fruit only by 
patient picking and squeezing. But we should be 
more like an overflowing spring, pouring out? praise 

King David, from whom these expressions came so 
freely, was said to' v be a man after God's own heart. 
This must mean that his heart was like God's own 
hearty or at least he had the kind of heart God was 
looking for to choose as the leader of His people. 
The heart must be right or the expressions will not 
be right. Jesus said (Matthew 12:34,35) , "0 gener- 
ation of vipers, h^w can ye, being evil, speak good 


things? for out of the abundance of the heart the 
mouth speaketh, A good man out of the good treasure 
of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil 
man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil 
things . " So we see that our words are the indicators 
of what is in our hearts — like a, dial or gauge on the 
outside of a pressure cooker, 

James writes about the evils of the tongue. He 
says (3: 8-12) j M But the tongue can no man tame; it is 
an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless 
we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, 
which are made after the similitude of God. Out of 
the same mouth proceedeth blessing and ciirsing. My 
brethren, these th ings oug ht not so to be . Doth a 
fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and 
bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive 
berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both 
yield salt water and fresh. rf 

We can conclude from these Scriptures that the way 
to have praise and thanksgiving coming from our lips 
is to have a heart of gratitude. We do not have this 
kind of heart by nature, -and we may feel very helpless 
to obtain it. The truth is that we are powerless to 
obtain this heart by ourselves, God has promised to 
remove the ,r stony heart" and give us a soft n heart of 
flesh" if we yield to Him. (Ezekiel 11:19-21) By the 
sacrifice and atonement of Jesus, we can be born again 
and made new. David prayed, " Create in me a clean 
heart, God; and renew a right spirit within me. n 

So praise and thanksgiving begin inside. If we 
really do feel this in our hearts and still have diffi- 
culty expressing it, there are positive steps we can 
take* First, turn to the Scriptures and read the 
expressions of praise of the Bible writers^ Make them 
your owi. Sing songs of the Christian faith that 
others have composed. They are for this purpose — to 
give expression to the feelings in the heart. We can 
set' aside a time to praise God silently and privately. 
This will become part of our thinking and will show 
in our conversation. By all means, let us approach 


the progress we wish to make spiritually the way we 
would any other real concern. If we really want to 
learn to cook, we practice. If we want to learn to 
type, we get busy and start typing. If we really 
want, in our hearts 3 to be more productive and thank- 
ful in our conversation, we must learn by doing. If 
the garage or basement needs cleaning, we do not get 
far by admiring or envying the clean basement of 
someone else. Neither can we clean up our speech 
without taking positive steps. 

In conclusion, we do believe thanksgiving and 
praise are Important. James writes further:- n Who Is 
a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let 
him shew out of a good conversation his works with 
meekness of wisdom. " When we remember that Jesus 
said we will give account of every idle word and be 
justified or condemned by our words, we must realize 
that this should have our attention and time. Praise 
and thanksgiving to God for His saving us and provid- 
ing for us will not be counted idle words. May we 
grow in this grace. 

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 
(II Corinthians 9:15) — L.C. 


For hope that waits, for faith that dares, 
For patience that still smiles and bears, 
For love that fails not, nor withstands; 
For healing touch of children's hands, 
For happy labor, high intent, 
For all lifers blessed sacrament, 
Comrade of our nights and days, 
Thou givest all things, take our praise I 

— Arthur Ketchum (Selected) 

Being enriched in e^ery thing to all bountifulness, 
which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 

— II Corinthians 9:11 



While reading The Economist this month, I ran across 
an article with the above title. The impact of the 
article, to me, was the realization of how our modern 
American society has diluted the condemning social 
pressures which were once felt by those committing 
such sins as adultery, homosexuality, abortion, immod- 
esty, greed, etc. 

It seems' that as "society" begins to accept such 
practices as normal, the more the liberal churchmen 
also be.ffin to accept them and make accomodation for 
such begavior among their members. I imagine they say 
that "we must change with the times," 

We know, however, that God's values do not -• change* — 
that what was sin yesterday is sin today and will be 
sin tomorrow, "" ...-;: 

The article- stated correctly that "the job of the- 
church is the salvation of souls," I believe it- is,-; ■? 
Incumbent on all Christians to reach out to unre gener- 
ated souls wherever they are to be found, and whatever 
their age, to let them know of the saving power of : - 
Jesus Christ, 

To realise the need for Christ, one must first under- 
stand the depth of one's sin. It is through Scripture 
and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit that this 
is possible. Society, it seems, helps to rationalize 
away our sin rather than convict' us of our sinfulness* 

The article concluded that " the loss of a sense of 

sin Is the most frightening of all evils which afflict 
the world today. 11 The article "took issue with those 
who reduce the concept of sin to a l social deviation', 
requiring no forgiveness but only therapeutical treat- 
ment; or blame sin bn social injustice, so that if 
there is any sin at all, it rests on the shoulders of 
those who preserve the system," 

It seems, then, that our challenge is to present 
an alternate testimony to that of the world. As our 
society and the conviction of some churches deteriorate, 
It becomes vitally important that we become a more 


visable and attractive alternative to those searching 
for the truth of Jesus Christ. We mttst help feed a 
spiritually starving world with this tr Bread of eter- 
nal life." , a . 

— John Schonwald 

Modesto, California 


Solomon tells us in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a 
child in the way he should got and when he is old, he 
will not depart from it." Can we as parents compre- 
hend our tremendous responsibility here? We are 
molding the destiny of our children and grandchildren, 
and it should occupy the very maximum joint effort 
and wisdom of both parents. 

Some will say, "How young do we start to train 
them?" It has been said that it is possible for 
nurses and mothers to start spoiling infants the day 
they are born. At least, it becomes us to insure 
that we do start this training early. There is very 
little hope of reforming them later in life, I once 
heard a young man complain that his folks made him 
go to church, which he took exception to. 

We are born with a tendency toward a sinful, rebel- 
lious nature. Wise parents will have the wisdom and 
foresight to prevent this wicked nature from develop- 
ing in the lives of their infants. Mothers are with 
the children more than the fathers are in their young 
and tender years. Hence, we see the mother 1 s atti- 
tudes deeply reflected on the children. "The hand 
that rocks the cradle rules the world." 

Solomon puts children in two categories; wise and 
foolish* Proverbs 13:1: "A wise son heareth his 
father T s instruction.,." Proverbs 15:5: "A fool de- 
despiseth his father T s instruction..." Children have 
a choice to be wise or foolish. When I was young I 
had such a strong desire to learn that I not only 
"heard" my father, but I "solicited" his opinion as 
long as he lived, knowing that he had been over the 


road and would know. He died at eighty, and I was 
forty. Can it be that Solomon realized that there were 
and would be some that would not feel the need for 
fatherly Instruction, but would despise it? A Bible 
commentator once wrote that n he is most pathetic who 
is in dire need and doesn't know it." I have heard 
people in their 90' s say that they are still learning. 
Solomon puts a lot of emphasis on our striving dili- 
gently to get wisdom. 

Some may claim that their parents are too strict. 
Let us take a leaf out of T 'the book of the animal king- 
dom." Sheep may be grazing on a pasture with the lambs, 
and when the mother decides to feed her lambs, she just 
gives a "blat" which her lambs understand, and they 
auickly come from bath sides and really feed until the 
ewe decides that it Is enough. Then she just take.s a 
few steps forward, then continues to graze. The lambs 
don't call or bunt for more. Final! No compromise I 
Is that too strict? We call them dumb, animals! Some 
think that children need to be shown love. and. kindness 
which is true. But It dare not blurr or blot out our 
duty as parents to n train up" our children. Solomon 
tells us in Proverbs 13:24, "He that spareth his. rod 
hateth his son: but he tha t loveth him chasteneth him 
bet imes . 11 Also, in Hebrews 12:11 we read, "Now no 
chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but 
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peace- 
able fruit of righteousness unto them which are exer- 
cised thereby.' 1 Since I was small the words "chasten" 
and "train" have become bad words and are giving way 
to "love" and "compromise." 

We are living in' an age now when' children should 
have opportunity for "self-expression." Little wonder 
that crime Is on such an increase. The Bible doesn T t 
change, and let us as God's people, not become slack 
in this all-Important task. 

When infants are strictly taught the meaning of 
yes and no, and also of do and don't, they learn to 
experience and better understand Proverbs 13:15, n The 
way of transgressors is hard," Another Bible commen- 


tator tells us that lack of responsible training and 
discipline of children in the home is one of the 
basic reasons for the rebellion among cur youth today, 

—Amos Baker 
Maple , Ontario 


The current nuclear freeze movement, like similar 
movements of the past, centers on the supposed evil 
intentions of this nation 1 s leaders, while seemingly 
believing the peace rhetoric of leaders of some other 
nations who cry "peace, peace 11 while covertly engag- 
ing in world-wide terrorism that makes peace imposs- 
ible,, Indeed, one gets the impression in reading some 
religious publications that the problems of the world 
are largely the result of this nation 1 s imperialism 
and greed. The problems of strife-torn Central Amer- 
ica are blamed largely on this nation. The plight of 
the Palestinians and the instability in the Mideast 
are blamed largely on the United States* connection 
there. The plight of the Afgans Is even somehow 
related to the bad influence of this nation. 

In one sense, this freedom to critize is a good 
sign. It Indicates freedoms which others in the 
more "peace loving 1 ' nations are not enjoying. History 
would indicate that the most good is accomplished 
where criticism is allowed, but where people have 
enough common sense to be responsible in it. In 
another sense, it indicates an irresponsible naivete 
and may even indicate they are pawns of communism 1 s 
fifth column* The critics claim political neutrality, 
but is not the object of our criticism an indication 
of our loyalty? 

One can d e tect evidence of this same tendency 
among some in the church today. Critics speak dis- 
paragingly of their church and her policies while 
lauding the merits of others. Decisions by our lead- 
ers are challenged while similar decisions by leaders 


in other groups are lauded. The church is criticized 
for feeling she is the only right church while splinter 
groups who reject all other groups and start their own 
(because no one else is right) are defended. Organi- 
zation and committees are jeered at, but the work they 
accomplish is ignored. Disciplinary work is criticized 
as high-handed and unfeeling. "Stay close to the. 
erring," they say, "instead of pushing them out/" and 
completely ignore the efforts of leaders to stay close 
by spending time in counseling and spiritual help. 

One can conclude here as well that at best these 
critics are afflicted with a degree of naivete that 
leads them to stay by the edge of the pasture and sees 
the grass as greener on the other side of the fence 
while ignoring and avoiding the rich provision in the 
center of their own pasture. It seems they would 
rather be at the edge and be critical than contribute 
too much in the center. At best it may be naivete, 
but worse, it may be part of the enemy 1 s fifth column — 
part of his plan to weaken the fellowship' from within 
by spreading dissatisfaction. The degree of this dis- 
satisfaction one sees in various groups across the 
land makes it identifiable as an end-time tactic of 
the enemy. 

We appreciate the many loyal among us who are giving 
solid support for the work and are contributing to the 
strength of the church. But the strain the critics 
place on the stength of the church is beyond calcula- 
tion. It eventually develops, in those who should know 
better, an embarrassment for the church and her stand 
and a reluctance to bring in souls because of the mis- 
guided conception that "there is so little to offer," 
The church has much to offer. In reality, the problem 
becomes the dissatisfaction itself rather than any of 
the problems the critics attack. The critics them- 
selves become responsible for receiving the weak tc 
doubtful disputations. The blessings of sound church 
life are somehow clouded by this cancerous leaven. 
If left to take its course, it will eventually bring 
the destruction of the good with nothing to replace it, 


The critics 1 work is countered by those who do 
appreciate the church and defend her. These individ- 
uals prove it is possible to speak about the church 
and her work without a downgrading connotation. They 
contribute to the future blessing of the fellowship by 
encouragement and assurance of support to the leaders. 
They are inspired to evangelism because they are con- 
vinced we can do many good if they come with us. We 
are also glad that the majority of our brethren are 
within this category. May God multiply their number 
to the future blessing of His work. 

By Glenn M. Sensenig in The Eastern Mennonite 
Testimony Selected by Steve Scott 


LESTER DAVID SELL, age 51 years, of 333 S. Second 
St., Tipp City, Ohio, died October 18, 1983, at the 
University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 

He was born near Bradford, Ohio, August 17, 1932,, 
a son of Creele E. and Susie (Lavy) Sell. They 
survive . 

Mr. Sell was a member of the Worldwide Church of 
God and was owner and- operator of A-l Cleaning Service 
in Tipp City, 

Also surviving are his wife, the former Darlene 
Glick; two daughters; Mrs. Max Carey (Sheryl) of 
Tipp City; Mrs. Michael Woelfer (Carol) of Dayton; 
four brothers: Lee of California; Charles of Green- 
ville; Calvin of Bradford; and Glen of Oklahoma; 
three sisters: Mrs; Eugene Wagner (Ruby); Mrs. Martha 
Trissel; and Mrs, Jerry Howel (Edith); one foster 
sister: Mrs, Bob McGee (Jerry); and one foster 
brother: William Edward Hodge; and two grandsons. 

Services were held at 1 P.M., September 21, at 
Bayliff Funeral Home, Tipp City, officiated by Ray 
Meyers. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City. 

— The Family 



We wish to thank all who helped in this our time of 
sorrow, for the food, expressions of sympathy, cards, 
thoughts, and prayers, 

The love and concern of others is a big help in 
times of trouble and sorrow. We appreciate every one, 
and may God bless you all, 

— Creele and Susie Sell 
and Family 


Wait not till death has dulled the ear, 
Before the tender word is said; 
But say it .-now, go say it now, 
Before thy season sweet has fled. 

If thou hast smiles, wait not until 
Thy loved lie in their last low bed; 
But smile today; oh, smile just now! 
Thou canst not smile beside the dead. 

Wait not to lift, the burden, sad, 

Till feet grow faint, and bowed forms ache; 

But go today — this very hour, 

With cordials sweet for hearts that break. 

If thou hast loving thoughts to pen, 
Defer not till "another day;" 
But write thy'.message sweet just now; 
Regret walks ever with delay. 

Yes, haste with words and smiles and balm; 
Time r s swift-winged chariot will not wait; 
And hearts will hurt and hope depart, 
While thy sad eyes shall read, M Too late I" 

By Estelle Gaines 

Selected .by Susie Sell 




Ezekiel was a priest, younger that Jeremiah, Some 
say he may have been Jeremiah ! s pupil , He was car- 
ried to Babylon in 597 B.C* as a captive and was 
there about 2? years until he died. He recorded his 
prophecy in Babylon as we shall see in this selection 
from Matthew Henry* s Commentary , page 1033. 

n The writer (of this prophecy) wasEzekielj his 
name signifies, The strength of God , or one girt or 
strengthened of God, He girded up the loins of his 
mind to the service, and God put strength into him, 
*I have made thy face strong against their faces. 1 
If we give credit to the tradition of the Jews, he 
was put to death by the captives in Babylon for his 
boldness in reproving them; it is stated that his 
brains were dashed out. An Arabic historian says 
that he was put to death and was burled in the 
sepulchre of Shem the son of Noah, 

rt Concerning the date, the place, and the time. 
the scene is laid in Babylon, when it was a house of 
bondage to the Israel of God; there the prophecies 
of this book were written, when the prophet himself, 
and the people to 'whom he prophesied, were ©aptives 
there. Ezekiel prophesied in the beginning of the 
captivity, It was an Indication of God's goodwill 
and His gracious designs in their affliction, that 
He raised up prophets to convince them when, in the 
beginning of their troubles they were unhumbled, which 
was Ezekiel* s business, and to comfort them when they 
were dejected and discouraged, 

"Concerning the matter and scope of it-. There is 
much that is mysterious, dark, and hard to be under- 
stood, especially in the beginning and the latter end 
of it; therefore the Jews forbade the reading pf it 


to their young men till they came to be thirty years 
of age, lest by the difficulties they met they should 
be prejudiced against the Scriptures; but if we read 
these difficult parts with humility and reverence , and 
search them diligently, though we may not be able to 
untie all the knots, any more than we can solve all 
the phenomena in the book of nature, yet we may from 
them, as from the book of nature, gather a great deal 
for the confirming of our faith and the encouraging 
of our hope in God, 

"Though the visions here be intricate, such as an 
elephant may swim in, yet the sermons are mostly plain, 
such as a lamb may wade in; and the chief design is to 
show God ! s people their transgressions, that in their 
captivity they might be repenting and not repining. 
As it was of great use to the oppressed captives them- 
selves to have a prophet with them, so it was a testi- 
mony to their religion against their oppressors who 
ridiculed it and them. 

"Though the reproofs and the threatenings here are 
sharp and bold, yet towards the close of the book very 
comfortable assurances are given of great mercy God 
had in store for them; and there one finds some refer- 
ence to gospel times, and its accomplishment in the 
kingdom of the Messiah. ..." 



What a wonderful ability God has given to men! that 
they by study and learning can convey their thoughts to 
one another by making certain marks so another who is 
taught in the same language can understand. The Lord 
made use of this by having His apostles write accounts 
of His ministry, Then bv printing, the records were 
preserved amd made available to all languages and na- 
tions. Matthew 24:14: "This gospel of the kingdom shall 
be preached in all the world for a witness unto all 
nations; and then shall the end come ! J M Today whosoever 
will may take the water of life freely. rr . r , orif T//a<*ner 

14 THE PILGR IM _ _______ 


My earthly plans were made, I thought 

my" path all clear , % 

My hearty with song o'er flowed — 

the world seemed full of cheer; 
My Lord I wished to serve , to take Him 

for my guide , 
To keep so close that I could feel Him 

by my side, 
And so I traveled onl 

But suddenly, in skies so clear 

and full of light 
The clouds fell thick and fast; 

the days seemed changed to night. 
Instead of paths so clear and full 

of things so sweet, 
Rough things and thorns and stones 

seemed all about my feet; 
I scarce could travel oni 

I bowed my head and asked why now 

this change should come, 
And murmured, "Lord, is this because 

of what I've done? 
Has not the path been full enough 

of pain and care? 
Why should my path be changed 

to dark from fair?" 
But still I traveled onl 

I listened quietly and then 

there came a voice , 
"■This path Is mine, dear child, » 

not yours; I made the choice. 
'Tis sure this way will be the 

best for you and me." 
And so we traveled onl 

Author unknown 

Selected by Susan R. Coning 




God was good to us and helped and allowed us to 
make another trip to the United States, so we thank 
Him and want to thank each of you for your love and 
hospitality shown to us while we were there with you. 
We appreciated your interest and concern for our loved 
ones here in Brazil, The, joy of seeing our loved ones 
and the wonderful time of fellowship we enjoyed while 
there with you Is a foretaste of the many joys God 
has prepared for those that love Him, throughout 

We were happy to see some of our loved ones waiting 
for us at the bus station when we arrived in- Rio -.Verde, 
and what a joyous homecoming it was I 

May we remember each other in prayer and be. close 
in heart, and walk each day as God would have us to> 
May we live that if we don't, meet on this earth again, 
that we may meet in heaven and spend eternity with 
all the saints. 

Wade and Violet Flora and Family 
C.P. 130, Rio Verde, Goias ■■. 
Brasil, S. A. 76200 


Reap nowl The fields are harvest white; 
Bring in the sheaves at setting sun; 
Soon will the darkened veil of night 
Proclaim the reaper 1 s work is done! 

While yet the sunlight lingers "on 
Bring in the precious grain for Himl 
The reaper's, hour is almost gone, 
And freedom's torch .is growing diml 

This is the hourl Mo longer wait; 
Bring forth the harvest from the land; 
Soon may the Master cry, "Too late I" 
And strike the sickle from thy hand I 

By Dan H. Reese Selected 


"Lessons from Nature 11 Series 

\m IS WISE? 
Have you ever wondered which animal is the wisest? 
Perhaps the familiar dog would be your answer. Some 
dogs have beeri so well-trained that they seem to under- 
stand every word their master speaks. They sit, stand, 
shake hands,' lie down, come, go, fetch, heel, and beg 
at a mere word. Some dogs can even keep a large flock 
of: sheep going where they 1 re supposed to go, bringing 
in all the stray sheep at the edge of the flock, with 
no guidance but some whistles from the human shepherd, 
Otherdogs have suddenly sensed danger and saved people f s 
lives with their understanding and auick action. 

Or, your mind might go to the dolphin, that well- 
trained performer at aquarium shows. It can jump 
through hoops above the water, swim in perfect forma- 
tion with other dolphins, fetch a thrown ball or stick, 
and do many other tricks. 

Then, of course, there is the chimpanzee, the 
animal to which God gave some limited ability to work 
out simple problems in finding its food, and to remem- 
ber what it has learned. 

But one thing Is sure. There is no animal anywhere 
with as much intelligence as you have. An owl may 
loo k wise, a parrot may sound wise, but you are many 
thousands of times more intelligent than they are. Can 
you imagine any animal taking the achievement tests 
you take, or singing & song, or building a model air- 
plane, or memorizing and ouoting Bible verses without 
missing a word? God has certainly given a much greater 
intelligende and wisdom to us than to the animals! 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

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VOL. 30 DECEMBER, 1983 NO. 12 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:77 


Lo, God, our God, has .come I : 
To us a Child is bornj- . ; . : - : 

To us a Son is given; 

Bless, bless the blessed morn, 

0, happy, lowly, lofty birth j 

Now God, our God, has come to earth. 

Rejoice! Our God has come. 

In- -love and lowliness. 
The Son of God has come, 

The sons of men to bless. 
God with us now descends to dwell, 
God in our flesh. Immanuel. 

Praise ye the Word made flesh I 

True God,. true man ia He. 
^raise ye 'the Christ of God! 

To Him all glory be. 
Praise ye the Lamb that once was slain, 
Praise ye the King that comes to reign. 

— Horatius Bonar 

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Angels rejoiced in the heavens above the Bethlehem 
field as they announced the birth of Jesus, the royal 
Son of Godo Shepherds, upon seeing this special Son, 
returned to their sheep glorifying and praising God 
for what they had heard and seenc Simeon and Anna 
welcomed this child Jesus in the temple, and wise men 
from the East fell down and worshipped Him and pre- 
sented Him with costly gifts. All these gave testi- 
mony to the greatness and the royalty of the one "born 
King of the Jews" a 

But this was not the beginning of Jesus, like your 
birth was for you« Like so many other truths, the 
eternal and divine character of our Saviour is ques- 
tioned* Men — mortal men — argue and speculate over 
whether Jesus was (is) divine, whether He existed be- 
fore, what His status is in relation to the Father« 
This is like arguing over whether the wood in the 
shelf I see before me was ever a tree* In reality, 
its main glory was a living, growing, beautiful tree 
somewhere out in the forest It has been cut apart, 
shaped, sawed and fastened together to form a stand 
for my books « 

God reveals through His Word the eternal character 
of His only begotten Son* He was with the Father 
"before the world "was". n All things were made by him| 
and without him was not any thing made that was made* 
In him was life; and the life was the light of men* 11 
(John 1:3,4) His main existence was with the Father 
in glory, creating and giving life to all we see* 
His mission on earth, though of indescribable impor- 
tance, was apparently a voluntary assignment to res- 
cue us sinful men and spanned but a moment of time 
compared to the vast extent of eternity and His pri- 
mary position in glory* 


When Jesus was on earth, one of the foremost ques» 
tions regarding Him was, "Who is He?" Their perplex- 
ity was natural enough because, after all, nothing 
like this had ever happened before, that God would be 
"incarnate" or "manifest in the flesh" » They said, 
"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the 
brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? 
and are not his sisters here with us? M (Mark 6:3) Even 
His disciples were astonished time and again at His 
miracles and His gracious wordso When they saw Kim 
calm the storm on the Sea of Galilee they "o o mar- 
veiled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even 
the winds and the sea obey him!" (Matthew 8:2.7) 

One time Jesus asked His disciples, "Whom do men 
say that I the Son of man am?" The disciples an- 
swered that some were saying John the Baptist, some, 
Ellas; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets* 
Then He asked them, "But whom say ye that I am?" 
Simon Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son 
of the living God*" Jesus, approving, told Peter, 
"Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood 
hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which 
is in heaven*" ^^'u-.h-jh 

We must all come to this place c It may, seem 
strange about believing and doubting D But there is 
only one way to really believe, and that is to come 
to this confession that Jesus is the Christ (or 
Saviour) and to recognize His claim on us D On the 
other hand, doubting may take many forms We may 
rebel against the truth, work actively against it, 
or go into sin and wrong. We may just say, "I don't 
know what is true " We may believe a lie* Or we may 
simply ignore the issueso The poet Isaac Watts writes, 
"Sin has a thousand treacherous arts to practice on 
the mind., . «," This is Satan's way: anything but 
the trutho 

Jesus 1 coming to earth still stands as the focal 
point of history* It is said that the Egyptians dated 
their years from the reign of an outstanding pharaoh 
or any of a number of great eventSo Even after nearly 


200C years, we still date time from the greatest of 
all events--the coming of Jesus into the world, which 
includes the very purpose for which He came: to make 
atonement for sin, conquer death, and destroy him that 
had the power of death, that is, the devil* 

I liked the thought in an article I read recently: 
God is always on time Jesus came at just the right 
timeo Galatians 4:4 says, "But when the fulness of 
the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a 
woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were 
under the iaw ? that we might receive the adoption of 
sonso 11 

Pilate asked a question relevant to all of us: 
"Khat shall I do then with Jesus which is called 
Christ?" At this time when so many are celebrating 
&nd feasting and in their own way calling attention 
to' Jesus' birth, where do we stand? Can we whole- 
heartedly, before all the world, stand up and be 
counted among those who worship Him as King of Kings 
and Lord of Lords? Will we, with* the angels, the 
shepherds, the wise men, Simeon, ^nna, Peter, the 
apostles and prophets and the faithful of all ages 
confess Him to be the Christ, the Son of the living 
God? ~ L.Cp 


The apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1-3 says, M I there- 
fore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye 
walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 
With all lowliness and meekness, with ibng&ufxoring, 
forbearing one another in love 5 Endeavoring to keep 
*-k^ un ifcy of _the S pirit in the bond of peace c n 

1 believe that all serious seekers for the truth 
would agree that this unity is very important* Many 
people in other walks of life would also stress the 
importance of unity In fact, very little can be 
accomplished by any group without unity of purpose P 

The !, plain people'* clearly recognize the value and 
need of unity, and there has been much effort in many 


different ways to achieve and maintain ito We need 
not look far to see that the results are often dis- 
appointing* Perhaps much of the reason is that we too 
often promote the "spirit of unity" rather than the 
"unity of the Spirits Put another way: perhaps we 
too often promote the "unity of form 11 rather than 
developing "unity of faith 11 * 

I firmly believe in our manner, of dress and way of 
life, but a person could dress and live this way and 
yet receive very little benefit from it and, in fact, 
be a hindrance rather than a help to the Lord's work* 

If the reason I dress as I do or do not have cer- 
tain things is because the brethren require it of me; 
or because others would be disappointed if I didn : t| 
or because we have always done this ways-- or because I 
feel secure in it; then I am sure it will not receive 
God 1 s approval o 

In the Christian assembly the unity to strive for 
and to encourage in each other is arrived at by sin- 
cere brethren searching GodVs Word under the Spirit *s 
control, desiring guidance for their lives and arriv- 
ing at the same conclusion* 

The Lord wants people who are separate from the 
world because they know God's Word plainly teaches it: 
people who wear a uniform garb because they are clear- 
ly convinced that it is a valuable help in their 
Christian walk 

In the things we use, He does not, for instance, 
want us to just deny ourselves of television* Rather, 
He wants us to consider if it will help or hinder us 
spiritually and, clearly recognizing it as a hindrance, 
refuse to have it in our homes.- "Unity of form" can 
keep television out of our homes, but it takes "unity 
of faith" (sincere personal conviction) to keep it 
out of our hearts,, 

If you were in darkness, would you rather have a 
bright light or a picture of a bright light? Perhaps 
that is about the difference between the "unity of the 
Spirit" and the "spirit of unity" 

Let us walk worthy of our vocation, living our way 


of life in true faith. Then we will demonstrate the 
"unity of the Spirit 11 : and truly be the light of the 
world o 

--James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 


When marshalled on the nightly plain, 

The glittering hosts bestud the sky. 
One Star alone in all that train 

Can fix the sinner's wandering eye<> 
Hark! hark to God! the chorus breaks 

From every host, from every gems 
But one alone the Saviour speaks; 

It is the Star of Bethlehem*, 

Once on the raging sea I rowed; 

The wave was loud; the night was dark; 
The ocean yawned and rudely b lowed 

The wind that tossed my floundering barko 
Deep horror there my vitals froze; 

Death struck; I ceased the tide to stem, 
When suddenly a star arose; 

It was the Star of Bethlehem* 

It was my life, my light, my all; 

It bade my dark forbodings cease; 
And through the storm and dangers thrall 

It led me to the port of peace „ 
Nqw safely moored, my perils o*ar* 

I'll sing first in night 1 2 diadem: 
Forever, oh! forevermore! 

The Star, .the Star of Bethleheml 

-~Jo lo Cover 

In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence ; and 

his children shall have a place of refuge, 

— Proverbs 14*26 



"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace 
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also 
we have access by faith into this grace wherein we 
stand, and rejoice in hope of the p-lory of" God* And 
not only so, but we glory in tribulations als©: know- 
ing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, 
experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not 
ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our 
hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us," 
( Romans 5 : 1-5 ) 

The glory of God is marvelous; it is powerful;, and 
His Word is sharper than any two-edged sword. Only 
through the glory of the one great and Almighty God, 
are we able to have the hope of eternal life. This is 
the only way we can glory in tribulation. 

T;T h.en we look at these first five verses of Romans 5 
we see a very remarkable thing; giving God the glory 
when things do not go so well, or at least when we do 
not think they dc, heads the list. We must be able to 
glory in tribulation as the apostle Paul did when he 
was put into prison. It takes tribulation to work 
patience. It is very important to have patience. The 
Question may be asked, "Patience in what?" I firmly 
believe patience is a virtue, a gift that is given to 
us by God through the w ord of God and the study of the 
Ford. T ' T e want to look at a reference found in Romans 

"For whatsoever things were written afore- 
time were written for our learning, that we 
through patience* and comfort ef the Scriptures 
might have hope." 

In everyday language we might Interpret this verse 
as saying: when the devil comes to us with trials and 
temptations, and tries to discourage us in our Christian 
walk of life, and we through faith turn to the Scrip- 
tures, we will find something that will be able to 


carry us through. It will give us a new hope and a 
new reason to praise God. 

Then next we see that patience worketh experience 
and experience, hope. Now if the next verse is true, 
and I know it is, hope maketh not ashamed. Why -do we 
so many times refrain from telling others about the 
love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the 
Holy Ghost? 

A person that has been sentenced to death and has 
received a pardon, is net ashamed to let others know 
that he 'has been pardoned and by whom he was pardoned. 
How much more ought we as Christians tell others of 
the miracle that has taken place in our lives. We 
were all sentenced to death, but Christ took our place 
and died in our stead, (Read Romans 5*) 

Let us praise the Lord that He did not remain in 
the grave, but that He lives again in glory and in. 
our own hearts and lives. He lives that we might be 
able to have life and have it more abundantly. After 
His resurrection and before the time He ascended into 
Heaven to be on the right hand of the Father inter- 
ceding for us, He promised that He would send the. 
Comforter to be with us, to lead, and to direct our 
every thought and step in this life. Mould this have 
been possible if He would have then set up a kingdom 
on earth as the Jews thought and still think today? 

The question may be asked at this point: What 
is hope? If we would go to the dictionary for a 
definition, we might find something like this: Hope 
is an expectation, 'coupled with a desire, longing to 
receive something. Hope is like a mainspring in a 
watch. This spring- Is what keeps the watch running, 
but It needs to be wound once in a while, or it cannot 
do its work. So faith and the study of the Word of 
God are equivalent to the winding of the mainspring. 
Thus, we will conclude that hope is what spurs the 
child of the King forward to higher ground. 

Let us turn to Titus 2:13-14 and see what the 
Christian has to hope for that the world does not 
want to come to pass: 


"Looking for that blessed hope, and the 
glorious appearing of the great God and our 
Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for 
us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, 
and purify unto himself a peculiar people, 
zealous of good works." 

This alone should be enough to cause each one read- 
ing this to call upon God as his own Savior and Master. 

The Apostle Paul was not afraid to tell the good 
news anywhere he went. In Acts 26 we see that Paul 
told King Agrippa that the reason he was in bonds was 
because he was preaching the things their forefathers 
were promised, and for which they served God day and 
night. This was the hope of the Old Testament saints* 
If we look into the Old Testament, we see that they 
looked forward with hope by faith* Now in the new 
dispensation, we look back by faith at what Christ has 
done on Calvary, as well as forward with hope by faith 
to what He is going to do some time in the very near 
future . 

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and 
it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but 
we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be 
like him: for we shall see him as he is* And 
every man that hath this hope in him purifieth 
himself, even as he is pure." (I John 3:2,3) 

May this be our aim and desire — to be pure even as 
Christ is pure. 

By .Clayton Eveleth Selected from 
The Pearl of Great Price 


W-LKSR - A son, Jacob Lee, born November 24 to David 
and Carrie Walker of ICaterford, California. 

BAKER - A daughter, Rebecca Lois, born November 28 to 
Paul and Mary Baker of Maple, Ontario, Canada. 


i understand: 

Hast thou been hungry, child of mine? 

I, too have needed bread; 
For forty days I tasted naught 

Till by the angels fed. 
Hast thou been thirsty? On the cross 

I suffered thirst for thee; 
I've promised to supply thy need, 

My child, come unto me. 

Perhaps thy way is weary oft, 

Thy feet grow tired and lame; 
I wearied when I reached the well, 

I suffered just the same; 
And when I be re the heavy cross 

I fainted T neath the load; 
And so I r ve promised rest to all 

Who walk the weary road. 

Loth Satan sometimes buffet thee 

And tempt thy soul to win? 
Do faith and hope and love grow weak? 

Are doubts and fears within? 
Remember I was tempted thrice 

By this same foe of thine; 
But he could not resist the Word 

Nor conquer power divine. 

Mien thou art sad and tears fall fast 

My heart goes out to thee, 
For I wept o'er Jerusalem, 

The placfe so dear to me; 
And when I came to Lazarus' tomb 

I wept — my heart was sore; 
I'll comfort thee when thou dost weep, 

Till sorrows all are o'er* 

Do hearts prove false when thine is true? 
I know the bitter dart; 


I was betrayed by one I loved 

Who lay close to my heart . 
I loved my own; they loved me not, 

My heart was lonely too; 
I'll never leave thee, child of mine, 

My loving heart is true. 

Have courage then, my faithful one; 

I suffered all the way; 
Thy sensitive and loving heart 

I understand today; 
Whate'er thy grief, whate T er thy care, 

Just bring it unto me; 
Yea, in thy day of trouble, call, 

I will deliver thee. 

By Susanne C. Umlawf 

Selected by Eva R. Landes 

1310 W.. Granger Ave. 
Modesto, Calif. 95350 
Room 6 



l! But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass 
the giory of the Lord, are changed into the same image 
from ^lory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the 
Lord. (II Corinthians 3:18) 

The mind is a marvelous creation, being able to 
make a mental picture br the Spirit, of things we see 
and hear or read. ..Jesus used this means to teach by 
parables. The Word of God is an inexhaustible supply 
to study and meditate day or night when a person is 
not sleepy. In fact, the silent time of night has 
often less distraction than day if we have no severe 

— Ernest Wagner 

Mode sto , California 





This book of Daniel is probably one of the best 
known and most loved of all the Old Testament proph- 
ecies « Even most children know the vivid accounts of 
Daniel in the lion's den and of Shadrach, Ueshach, 
and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace „ But besides these 
examples of courage, Daniel tells of many events far 
in the future from his time* He predicted accurately, 
by revelation, the time of the coming of the Messiah* 
He even tells of the future resurrection and the 
judgment before God, the Ancient of days"* Daniel's 
prayer of confession and intercession for his people 
is recorded in chapter S, and it is on this occasion 
that God revealed the time of the coming of Christo 

Daniel's prophecy was written in Babylon while the 
Jews were captives there from 606-536 BoCc 

About the man Daniel, Henry Ho Hal ley in his Bible 
Handbook writes* 

i; Daniel was in the first group of captives taken 
from Jerusalem to Babylon (606 B Cc) c He was of royal 
bloodo Josephus says that Daniel and his three 
friends were kin to King Zedekiaho That gave them 
easier entree to the palace of Babylon (They were) 
handsome, brilliant young men, who were under the 
special care of God, and trained of Him to bear wit- 
ness to His name in the heathen court that then ruled 
the world* « • Daniel's meteoric rise to world-wide 
fame is indicated in Ezekiel 14*14,20$ 28;3, written 
only 15 years later, while Daniel was still a very 
young man e Uhat a remarkable man! Absolutely un- 
swerving in his own religious convictions, yet so 
loyal to his idolatrous king that he was trusted with 
the affairs of the Empirec" 

About the Babylonian Empire and King Nebuchadnezzar, 
Halley writesi 

"In Daniel's day, the city of Babylon not only was 


the premier city of the pre-Christian world, but it 
ruled the most powerful empire that had up, to that 
time existedc The Empire lasted 70 years* Daniel 
was there from its rise to its fall* , 

"The kings under whom Daniel lived, were.: Nabopo- 
lassar (525-604 B.C )$ Nebuchadnezzar' (606-561 BoCo)$ 
Evii-Ilerodach (561-560 B.O5 Neriglissar (559-556 
B.C.); Labash-Harduk (556 B*C<,)$ Nabonidas (555-536 
BoCo); and his son Belshazzar*. , - , ". 

"Daniel's life in Babylon, thus., extended from the 
first year of Nebuchadnezzar, through the reigns' of 
che succeeding five kings, past the fall of Babylon, 
into the Persian Empire, through the reign of Darius 
the llede, even unto the third year of. Cyrus the 
Persian (10:1); in all, from 606 B C to 534 B.C,, 
72 years, from the first year of the Jews' captivity 
till 2 years after the return from the captivity-- 
God's witness in the palace of the empire that ruled 
the worldo" 

Halley further writes: "The language of the book 
is Aramaic, or Chaldee, from 2:4 to 7s 28, which was 
the commercial and diplomatic, -'language of the time 
The rest is in Hebrew© This is what might be expected 
in a book written for Jews living among Babylonians, 
containing copies of . official. Babylonian documents in 
their original Babylonian language?" ~ JL.C? 


This selected article appeared in the June, 1883 
Vind i cator , What was being printed and read a century 
ago is still valuable for our contemplation today* 

""Low o 


I asked a student what three things he most de- 
sired*, He saids "Give me books, health, and quiet, 
and I care for nothing more*" 

I' asked a miser and he cried, "Money, money, money*" 
I asked a pauper, and he faintly said, "Bread, 


bread, bread* 11 

I asked a drunkard, and he loudly called for strong 

I asked the multitude around me, and they lifted 
up a confused cry in which I heard the words, "Wealth, 
fame, and pleasure *" 

I asked a poor man who had long borne the character 
of an experienced Christian., He replied that all his 
wants could be met in Christ* He spoke seriously and 
I asked him to explain* He said; 

,r I greatly desire these three things* First, that 
I may be found in Christy secondly, that I may be like 
Christ; thirdly, that I may be xvith Christo" I have 
thought much of his answer? and the more I think of 
it the wiser it seems to be„ 

Selected by John Schonwald 


There T s a song in the air I There's a star In the skyl 
.There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry I 
And the star rains its. fire while the beairtiful sing, 
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King I 

There's a tumult of joy o'er the wonderful birth, 
For the virgin's sweet boy is the Lord of the earth. 
Aye I the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, 
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King I 

In the light of that star lie the ages impearled; 
And that song from afar has swept over the world. 
Every hearth is aflame, and the beautiful sing 
In the homes of the nations that Jesus is King! 

We rejoice in the light, and we echo the song 

That comes down through the night from the heavenly 

Aye I we shout to the lovely evangel they bring, 
And we greet in His cradle our Saviour and King I 

— Josiah Cr. Holland 



Wise men to Jesus came, 
Seeking the King of Jewish fame| 
To honor Him they travelled far, 
For they did see His holy Star! 

"The newborn King, Oh where is He, 
Whose glorious Star we there did see? 
To worship Him now here we are, 
For in the East we saw His Star!" 

The Star again appeared to them 
And went before to Bethlehem; 
There they fell down to the Saviour 
And rich gifts gave to Jacob's Star! 

A brilliant Star announced Christ's birth; 
A spotless life pronounced His worth; 
On Calvary's Cross He died with scars; 
He ever lives above the stars! 

Jesus is the heavenly King 
Of light and life, the world's dayspring; 
Christ speaks with might from heaven's bar, 
"I am the bright and morning Star!" 

If we worship Jesus our King, 

Rich gifts of love unto Him bring; 

In God's kingdom with Christ we'll dine, 

Forever as bright stars to shine! 


Oh do you see that holy Star 
The wise men saw and followed far? 
Open your eyes; like them be wise, 
Till in your heart the Daystar rise! 

-Hollis Flora 

"... There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a 
Sceptre shall rise out of Israel... 11 (Numbers 24:17) 


"Lessons from Nature" Series 


It starts as a single cell. Still inside the body 
of the mother; bird, it begins to grow in size and com- 
plexity until its many amazing layers of yolk, albumen, 
membrane arid shell have formed a simple but astonish- 
ing egg. The yolk itself has six rings, each having a 
white and a yellow layer* The yellow is made during 
the day j and the white between midnight and daybreak, 
while the parent bird is probably sleep ing 

Next comes the albumen, or the white of the egg. 
Its first layer is thin* Its second is tough and 
elastic to protect the life in the egg during its 
tumbles in the nest. The third layer, a thin watery 
liquid, is then forced through the second layer up 
against the yellow yolk, and the yolk floats in it n 

Next the two tough shell membranes are formed, 
which takes slightly more than an hour Q And finally, 
in the next nineteen hours, the outer shell is formed 
in four porous layers. The shell receives its colors 
during the last hours. Most of the 9000 different 
bird species have identifying marks on their eggsl 

And the facts you have been reading are only a 
crude outline of the amazing egg story. How wonderful 
indeed is the wisdom of God which can change dead 
chemicals into growing, breathing life! For soon after 
the egg is laid, the miracle continues with incubation, 
hatching, and finally a new creation—the baby bird. 

Do these twenty-one layers of life "just happen"? 
Or is there a wonderful Designer—a God Who easily 
understands such commonplace miracles? 

The answer is obvious to all. --Stanley K. Brubaker 

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